A 29-year-old man appeared in court Friday on charges he drove under the influence, caused a rollover crash that seriously injured his 1-year-old daughter and then fled with the child, who was later flown to a hospital for treatment.
Hub Binion Williamson, 29, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on felony counts of negligent vehicular assault and criminal endangerment, along with four misdemeanors alleging he fled the crash, was driving without insurance or a valid license, and failed to notify authorities about the crash.
“There was serious bodily injury to a 1-year-old, his daughter,” said Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Nicholas Owens.
Justice of the Peace David A. Carter set Williamson’s bond at $40,000.
Charging documents say the crash happened Aug. 9 on Highway 87 East at about mile marker 21, but that the child was found in Hardin at a relative’s residence and had to be flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Healthcare for treatment of “two broken legs, multiple lacerations and other serious injuries.”
A Montana Highway Patrol trooper responded to the crash and found an abandoned car upside down on the side of the highway.
The trooper saw that there was blood inside and outside the car, court records say. He also found a Crow tribal identification card belonging to Jamie American Horse.
While at the crash, the trooper overheard officers being dispatched to a residence on the 1100 block of North Crow Avenue in Hardin for a “sick child.”
A Big Horn County sheriff’s deputy went to the residence, where he found a child lying in a bloody bed. He noted the baby had “road rash,” an extremely swollen leg, a swollen lip and many cuts.
A woman at the residence, identified in charging documents as 55-year-old R.W., was uncooperative when questioned about the child’s injuries and was arrested for obstructing a peace officer.
The child was taken to Big Horn County Memorial Hospital and from there to St. Vincent Healthcare for treatment.
Court records say a deputy later spoke with two people who said they had picked up American Horse, Williamson and the child at a Hardin store and drove them to R.W.’s residence.
One of the witnesses offered to take them to a hospital, but American Horse asked that they be taken to the residence of R.W., who is Williamson’s mother, according to charging documents.
The witness said that when he dialed 911, American Horse told him not to call because she was worried authorities would take away her child.
Once the call was made, she and Williamson fled the residence and left the child behind, court records say.
American Horse turned herself in and later told the investigating trooper that she and Williamson had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to the crash. She also identified Williamson as the driver at the time of the crash.
Williamson is scheduled to appear in District Court on Aug. 29.