Danielle Hernandez-Woodall charged with child abuse after toddler falls from moving car

Boy's father was driving, faces abuse charges

DENVER - A 24-year-old woman has been charged in an incident where a toddler fell from a moving vehicle in Denver last month.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey formally charged Danielle Hernandez-Woodall with felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and misdemeanor child abuse.

The charges allege that on June 21 Ross McCoy, 33, was driving when his 2-year old son removed himself from a seat belt, opened a rear passenger door and fell from the moving vehicle in the area of 40th Avenue and Lisbon Street, district attorney spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said Monday. The toddler was seriously injured.

Hernandez-Woodall, who was a passenger in the vehicle, is accused of failing to properly restrain the two-year-old and another child in the vehicle, Kimbrough said.

McCoy was charged last month with felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, misdemeanor child abuse without injury, felony leaving the scene of an accident, felony aggravated driving after license revocation and misdemeanor violation of a protection order.

The charges allege that McCoy fled the scene without notifying police and was driving while his license was revoked. McCoy remains in custody in the Denver Detention Center; his bond is set at $50,000.

Hernandez-Woodall has been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in Denver County court on July 24.