Trigger Warning

Copyright 2013
Portland Press Herald, Maine

Portland Press Herald, Maine
David Hench

January 4 2014

An infant that was thrown 25 feet into the woods following a horrific crash Thursday night in Raymond is recovering at Maine Medical Center from injuries — including a skull fracture — which authorities said are serious but not life-threatening.

Gabriel Blaney was somehow thrown from his car seat, even though the seat was new, was the right size for the six-month-old and was installed correctly and facing backwards, said Capt. Don Goulet, of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. The harness that holds a baby in place was still buckled, he said.

“Somehow the child came out of that. It’s a physics question of how did that happen,” Goulet said. The car seat was still attached to the car’s seatbelt following the crash, though it was dislodged from the seat itself.

The child was in the back seat of a 1999 Toyota driven by his mother, Chynna Blaney, 19, on Ledge Hill Road in Raymond at 5 p.m. Thursday. Blaney failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a pickup traveling on North Raymond Road. The car was destroyed and the truck badly damaged. The driver of the pickup, Angie Horler, 35, of Raymond was taken to the hospital on complaints of pain but was uninjured, as were her two children, 2 and 5.

Horler got out of the truck and heard a baby crying, though she thought at first it was a car radio. When she saw the empty car seat she was horrified, worried that a collision she was involved in might have killed a baby. “I kept hearing this crying sound like a baby but it sounded so distant,” Horler said. “I just ran toward a big snowbank thinking ‘Oh my God, there must be a baby somewhere.’”

She followed the sound of the crying over a snow-covered hill and into the woods. At the bottom of the far side of the hill, despite the darkness, she saw something dark on the white snow, she said. “I just ran toward that spot praying it was the baby,” she said.

She found Gabriel Blaney lying on his side wearing a dark blue fleece snow suit, his face partially in the snow.

“There were trees everywhere. It’s truly amazing this baby did not hit a tree and did not land on the road,” Horler said. “I honestly think the hand of God carried this baby from the vehicle and laid it on the snow.” She gathered him up and brought him back over the hill, where the child’s mother — who was injured and had blood on her face — gave her a blanket to help keep the baby warm.

Blaney and her baby were taken to Maine Medical Center. She was discharged from the hospital and a hospital spokeswoman said she had no information about Gabriel Blaney. Doctors told police that the baby’s most serious injury was a skull fracture. Blaney was on an unfamiliar road and was adjusting her GPS device when she rolled through the stop sign, Goulet said. She will be issued traffic citations for failure to stop at a stop sign and being a distracted driver, he said.

With Correct Use

Car seats Have Reduced Fatalities by

57% since 1975

Estimated 7,200 lives saved

Never Forgotten

March 21st, 2013

6 years ago, this was my setup.

All was legal. They were in all the appropriate minimum weight and age seats. 

This photo was taken 20 to 30 minutes before our collision while we were stopped for a break. 

2 of the 3 died. 

This is not to scare anyone. This is to show the importance of having the right seats for your children and how much the minimum laws are lax.

Can you spot my errors? I sure can especially now as a technician.

-Owen 3 almost 4, just above 40lbs in a low back booster. He survived by pure miracle with head injuries and a broken arm as well as some internal injuries. 

-Hailie 4 almost 5 just above 40lbs in a low back booster. She did what we call the submarine effect and died on impact. 

-Trent 17 months above 22lbs forward facing suffered internal spinal decapitation which killed him almost instantly.  

My goal is to help parents and the population know that the minimum laws set forth by our government is not safe. And I want to try to help prevent more injuries and deaths to children. 

When we know better we do better. 

Traditional coats

are NOT safe, They create Slack


Use a blanket, or car seat coat

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