A Florida woman who knew she should not have been driving an infant around without a car seat, topped that move with something even dumber. She had a passenger in her car place the baby in the trunk of the car. It wasn’t until cops heard the child’s cries coming from the trunk during a traffic, that she was arrested. On Wednesday she appeared in court and told the judge she had made a mistake, according to CBS Miami.
Broward County authorities said they initially tried to stop Breona Watkins for a broken headlight. But she didn’t immediately pull over. Instead, Watkins drove nearly a quarter-mile, according to the station.
Deputies said Watkins, 19, was trying to avoid getting a ticket for not having the baby in a car seat, so she told her 14-year-old passenger to hide the baby in the trunk before stopping.
Deputies said they didn’t realize the child was in the trunk until after they placed Watkins into a squad car for driving with no license. That’s when a deputy said he heard crying coming from the trunk and found the child.
Reports say the baby was found lying on top of or in close proximity of items that could have easily injured or killed her such as a large pair of bush cutting shears, a rusty metal hanger, a plastic CD case and a large rusted tire iron. Authorities also said there was a used gas can in the trunk of the car, a used fuel pump, plastic bags and many other hazardous materials.
During a custody hearing Wednesday, Watkins’ grandmother, who is trying to gain custody of the 5-month-old, said her granddaughter is a good mother and simply had a lapse in judgement.
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