Dad arrested after rushing choking daughter to hospital, nurses bond him out

A handful of police officers were chasing the father by the time he arrived at the hospital with his daughter.


When the child’s safety is concerned, parents are willing to do anything. No matter what danger is upon the child, there is no parent out there that will  sacrifice anything just to make sure his kid is growing up in a safe and healthy environment.

This was particularly true for Darius Hinkle from Centreville, Illinois. He was put into situation between choosing the safety of his child or breaking the law. It was obvious that he chose his baby, even though he had to break the speed limit regulations. The incident happened on April 4.

The parents’ nightmare started with their 1-year old baby putting a penny in the mouth. The girl started chocking and could not breathe properly. The panic struck the parents. Darius and his wife Donecia Pittman started the car and headed to the hospital.

For KTVI, Hinkle says:

“First thing in my mind was, get her to the hospital. That’s my daughter. I won’t let nothing happen to her.”

The panic and the worries for the baby’s life made Darius drive way over 100 mph. This alarmed the police and they started chasing him. However, Darius did not want to slow down nor to stop the car. His plan was getting to the hospital as soon as possible.

The police followed Darius to the Touchette Regional Hospital. Upon arriving there, they told them to get out of the car and put their hands up. The parents had to do that and they told the police what the problem was.

Pitman explains:

“They told us to get out and put our hands up, and I got out and I put my hands up and I yelled and I told the police ‘my baby is choking.’”

She adds:

“And I told them multiple times that she was choking. They was just worried about the fact that we were speeding.”

To make the things worse, Darius did not have the drivers licence. That sent him to the jail because of that. Nevertheless, they managed to get to the hospital on time and save the baby.

Luckily, the nurses got into action and decided to get Darius out of the situation. They knew he broke the law just to save the baby.

Pittman was very shocked to find out that her husband will be getting out of the jail very soon. She recalls:

“Somebody was up there and they said ‘I’m here to bond out Darius Hinkle, and I was looking like — I didn’t know who it was, and when I looked out the door to see who it was, she spoke and said I’m the nurse from Touchette Hospital. I couldn’t thank them enough like they was there for us ever since we had got there.”

Thanks to the staff of the hospital all three of them are safe and sound. They can enjoy the love they share in their lovely home with this adorable cute baby girl.