Father Charged with Accidentally Drowning Four Children

Father Charged with Accidentally Drowning Four Children

Published April 20, 2009

A 32-year-old Texas man was drunk when he plunged his car into a Houston bayou Saturday, drowning four children, according to police.

Chanton Jenkins is being charged with intoxication manslaughter in the deaths of four children, three of whom were his own. A fifth child, a 3-year-old girl, was missing and also believed to have drowned, Houston Police said.

It was raining heavily when Jenkins allegedly drove his Lincoln Town Car into the Green Bayou with six children and his brother as passengers. His brother and one child escaped. Jenkins is also the father of the surviving child.

Police administered a field sobriety test at the scene of the crash, and Jenkins failed, according to Houston Police spokesman Kese Smith.

Jenkins' brother told police the car went into the bayou just after Jenkins completed a phone call from the car. "The next thing the passenger knew, they were going down the embankment into the bayou," Smith said.

The victims were a girl, 1; and three boys, ages 4, 6 and 7. After a two-hour search, police recovered the car from almost 10 feet of water.

Written by BET.com News Staff

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