Police said the child was in a Toyota Prius, driven by a 36-year-old Comstock Park man that had slowed for traffic in a construction zone on eastbound I-96 near the 13-mile marker.
The child and the driver of each vehicle were all properly restrained, police said.
The investigation revealed that a 27-year-old Indian woman in a Hyandai Elantra was traveling east on I-96 at approximately 70 mph. The driver was looking down at her cellular phone navigation when she rear-ended the car slowed for construction traffic.
The Indiana woman suffered a hand injury and was treated at the scene. Life Ambulance transported the child to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The driver of the Prius was not injured.
Police closed the eastbound lanes of the freeway for a short time until rescue crews could move the vehicles and patients into one lane so that the other lane could be opened.
The crash remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
Also assisting at the scene was Coopersville-Polkton Fire/Rescue.