Want to avoid a traffic ticket for not having a car seat for your child? Well for one Florida woman the answer was simple: put your baby in the trunk! Luckily police found this out quickly…
19-year-old Breona Watkins was out driving without a headlight late at night. When a Broward Sheriff Deputy attempted to pull her over, she continued driving for several blocks.
After claiming she didn’t stop her car because she has “never been pulled over before”, Ms. Watkins then gave a false name to a law enforcement officer. The new mother then admitted that she did not have a driver’s license and was arrested for a dwlsr. That is when things took a dark turn…
During the traffic stop, a second deputy heard what sounded like “crying from the vehicle and there was no child in the vehicle”. When the deputy opened the trunk they found Ms. Watkin’s child inside. The baby was on top of plant cutting shears, surrounded by a rusty coat hanger, a tire iron and several plastic bags among other dangerous objects.Upon questioning, Ms. Watkins told the police that her baby had been sitting on the lap of a 14-year-old passenger. When police pulled her over, she told the passenger to stash the baby in the trunk through the back seat which folded down. At no time did the mother tll the police this during the more then 15 minute traffic stop because according to the mother, she didn’t want to get a ticket for not having a car seat for her baby!
For trying to avoid a traffic ticket the mother was arrested and charged with felony child cruelty, obstruction, multiple tickets and a driving without a license. As of this writing she remains in jail.
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