Couple arrested after stolen car with children inside crashes into tree in Miami

Cedric Bethel, Hailey Magiera face child neglect charge

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

Cedric Bethel and Hailey Magiera were arrested Sunday after the stolen car in which they were traveling with Magiera's sons, ages 1 and 2, crashed into a tree in Miami, police say.

MIAMI - A man and a woman were arrested Sunday after the stolen car in which they were traveling with two young children crashed into a tree in Miami, police said.

Cedric Bethel, 24, and Hailey Magiera, 21, were arrested after the crash at the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 34th Street.

Miami police said officers saw the stolen Volkswagen Passat driving erratically near Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest 10th Street. When officers attempted to pull over the car, the driver kept going.

Police said the car eventually crashed into a tree. The driver, identified as Bethel, got out of the car with his hands up and was placed under arrest.

Magiera and her two sons, ages 1 and 2, were passengers in the car. Police said the boys weren't properly secured in a child seat.

Bethel faces charges of driving with a suspended license, reckless driving causing property damage, third-degree grand theft and child neglect. Police said Bethel also faces drug charges after cocaine, heroin and marijuana were found in the car.

Magiera also faces a charge of child neglect.

The Department of Children and Families took custody of the two boys, who were not injured in the crash.

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