DUI wreck on Saturday evening sends 3-year-old to the hospital; Two Riverton residents charged with child endangerment

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 24-year-old Riverton man has been charged with six crimes in connection to a 7: 40 p.m. crash on Saturday in the area of North Portal and Missouri Valley roads near Pavillion. A 3-year-old boy was seriously injured in the wreck, Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee reports.

Joseph Babcock has been charged with Driving Under the Influence with a child passenger, two counts of Child Endangerment, Open Container, Failure to Stop and Failure to Restrain a Child Passenger.

Babcock was reportedly operating a 2000 Ford Explorer southbound on North Portal Road when he failed to stop at the intersection of Highway 134, causing the vehicle to collide with a ditch and other obstacles.

“There were two children and another adult female in the vehicle at the time of the wreck; the 3-year-old was unrestrained, however the 2-year-old was properly in a car seat,” Lee said. “The 3-year-old sustained a serious leg injury that required he be flown to the Denver Children’s Hospital. The 2-year-old female was treated and released from the Riverton Hospital.”

Lee said the adult female, a 23-year-old Riverton woman, was also hospitalized. She was reportedly intoxicated as well and has been charged with child endangerment. Her identity has not been released. Lee said the woman was not the children’s mother. “However, it is alleged she allowed or did not stop the children from being put in this situation.”

“Babcock was witnessed attempting to conceal alcohol nearby the area after the collision,” Lee reported. “He failed all field sobriety tests, smelled highly intoxicated, and his blood alcohol content was found to be well over the legal limit.”