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Child-seat demonstrations offered in wake of wreck

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

A wreck last week that injured a baby riding in an improperly installed child seat should serve as a reminder about the importance of properly securing child seats, Decatur police said.

Police will hold child safety seat demonstrations Saturday in hope of sparing children unnecessary injuries in future crashes, said Lt. Frank DeButy, a police spokesman.

Police will give child-seat installation instructions in the parking lot of Home Depot, 1225 Wimberly Drive S.W., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Crime prevention officers also will be present to fingerprint and photograph children so parents can create emergency identification kits, DeButy said.

Decatur Fire and Rescue will set up a simulation trailer that teaches children how to survive in a smoke-filled room and how to handle other household emergencies.

The injured child DeButy referred to, Adelynne Scott, was taken by MedFlight to Huntsville Hospital following a head-on collision between two vehicles on Sixth Avenue Southeast near Cloverleaf Dodge on Friday evening.

A hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday that the 1-year-old has been discharged from the hospital.

The wreck injured three others.

Jefferson Scott, the driver of the pickup Adelynne Scott was in, and Paula Cox, 66, of Indianapolis, Ind., a passenger in the car with which Scott's pickup collided, both remained in critical condition in Huntsville Hospital's surgical intensive care unit Tuesday.

The driver of the car, Kevin O'Callaghan, 58, of Indianapolis, received treatment at Decatur General Hospital. His condition was not immediately available.

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