Breona Watkins, 19, (pictured) was slapped with a laundry list of charges–child abuse without great bodily harm, resisting an officer without violence, operating without a valid driver’s license, and no safety belt for a passenger under 18, after police reportedly found her crying 5-month-old infant in the trunk of her car.
Why would the infant be in the trunk, you ask?
The Broward County mom allegedly claimed she didn’t have a car seat, according to WPLG Miami.
The Broward County Sheriff’s department alleges that when they attempted to pull Watkins over that she would not stop. When the woman finally did come to a stop, deputies approached her vehicle and as they were questioning her, they heard a baby cries coming from the vehicle’s trunk.
According to the police report, Watkins had allegedly asked her 14-year-old niece, who was a rear passenger in the vehicle to slide the infant through a back seat panel into the trunk area. Watkins reportedly feared receiving a ticket for not having her child in an infant seat.
When deputies opened the trunk area and reportedly stumbled upon the child, it had been lying next to hedge clippers and surrounded by such flammable and perilous objects as a gas can.
Watkins was taken into custody and given a $7,000 bond.
The infant was reportedly handed over to the Department of Children and Families, and is expected to be given to Watkins’ mother or grandmother pending further investigation.
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