Smithville mom said she’d been sitting on the porch drinking wine before crash that killed daughter

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Platte County shared Samantha Jones’ driver license photo with FOX4 when they sent over the court documents. FOX4 is still waiting for her mug shot from police.

SMITHVILLE, Mo. — A Smithville mom is now facing charges in connection with the crash that killed her little girl.

Platte County prosecutor Eric Zahnd filed an amended complaint Thursday to charge 31-year-old Samantha J. Jones with driving while intoxicated and causing a crash that killed a person. That person was her daughter.

The crash happened Sunday, June 24, 2018 just before 10 p.m. near E Highway and Skinner Lake Road in Platte County, Mo.

Court documents say when police arrived at the scene of the crash, they found Jones’ gray KIA Optima with extensive damage in a ditch on the north side of the road.  Jones told first responders she wasn’t sure how fast she was going, but she remembered losing control then hitting an electrical pole.

“I never drink this much,” Jones said after the crash, according to court documents. “I’m so stupid. My baby is my world. I don’t care if I go to jail, I just want my baby to be okay.”

Jones told investigators that she had been drinking wine and sitting on the porch while the kids were playing. She estimated that between 5 p.m. when she started drinking at 8:30 p.m. when she stopped drinking that she drank one and a half to two bottles of wine.

According to the amended complaint Zahnd filed, Jones’ blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when police tested her after the crash.

Jones’ daughter died three days after the crash at Children’s Mercy Hospital from her injuries.

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