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Leetsdale woman charged after infant daughter injured from twice being ejected from stroller in Pittsburgh

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| Monday, March 16, 2015 8:18 a.m
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Police said Kari Vallance, 30, roughly pushed a stroller through Downtown’s Wood Street T station and dropped her baby onto the street amid traffic. Authorities charged her with child endangerment, aggravated assault and public drunkenness.

Port Authority police charged a Leetsdale mother because her infant daughter twice was ejected out of a stroller — once getting wedged in a revolving door at the Wood Street T station and a second time falling into traffic on a Downtown street.

“I’m not a bad mother,” Kari Vallance, 30, told witnesses, according to police.

Vallance is charged with child endangerment, aggravated assault, public drunkenness and other charges stemming from the incident about 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Video footage showed Vallance — who appeared to be intoxicated and drooling — ramming a stroller through the mass-transit station’s revolving door so forcefully that her baby fell out and became wedged between the door and structure, Port Authority police Lt. Shawn Hudzinski said.

“She was apparently unaware of what was going on,” Hudzinski said.

Several witnesses tried to stop the woman and pursued her out of the station as she headed down Liberty Avenue toward Sixth Street and attempted to cross the street. That’s when the baby girl again fell out of the stroller and onto the street with cars traveling in both directions, he said.

A vehicle narrowly missed hitting the baby before police arrived and arrested the woman, Hudzinski said. The baby was treated at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh for minor scrapes and was reported in good condition Monday morning, he said.

Vallance “was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of either drugs or alcohol — slurred speech, unsteady on her feet, her eyes were red and bloodshot, and she had saliva coming out of her mouth,” Hudzinski said.

He praised witnesses who tried to stop the woman at the T station, contacted police and then pursued her.

“I applaud them for their efforts in trying to stop the woman several times,” Hudzinski said. “But she just kept pushing and wanting to leave the scene.”

Unable to post her $75,000 bail, Vallance is being held at the Allegheny County Jail. Her preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled March 26.

Vallance pleaded guilty last year to prostitution charges and was sentenced to one year of probation. In 2007, she pleaded guilty to retail theft and criminal conspiracy, and was sentenced to probation, records show.

Staff Writer Megan Guza contributed to this report. Natasha Lindstrom is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8514 or nlindstrom@tribweb.com.

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