By SHAUNA ANDERSON
In a moment their lives were changed inexplicably.
A five-month old baby placed down for a minute her mother rushed after a busy flight, perhaps flustered the way we get when dealing with two children on your own.
A heartbreaking, devastating minute.
And in that minute five-month old Vashti was crushed to death, while her helpless mother watched, unable to save her baby girl.
The tragedy struck when Nathania Terry from Maryland in the United States was travelling from the UK to Spain for a holiday in September last year.
Her husband was already there ready to meet his family, waiting in the arrivals hall for his wife, his five-month old daughter and her older brother.
Five-month old Vashti had been traveling in her car seat on the plane and her mum carried her to the baggage hall still strapped into the seat.
It’s a way of travelling with babies that many parents choose in order to keep their children comfortable and safe on the plane.
Nathania placed the car seat on a stationary luggage carousel while she went to grab her stroller from the other end of the belt.
But the belt started up and baby Vashit was crushed to death.
Nathania is now suing the manufacturer of the conveyor belt.
According to the Court House News the complaint states “The belt suddenly and without warning turned on, throwing Vashti into a crevice where two different conveyor belts abutted.”