Cops: Mom Stashes Baby in Trunk to Avoid Ticket

Baby spoils plot by crying
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2014 2:45 PM CDT
Breona Watkins.   (Broward County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A Florida woman who feared getting a ticket for driving without a car seat hatched a scheme to hide the infant in the trunk that landed her in far worse trouble, say police. When deputies in Broward County tried to pull over 19-year-old Breona Watkins for a traffic violation yesterday, they say she drove for another quarter-mile before pulling over, reports the Sun Sentinel. During that quarter-mile, police say she instructed her 14-year-old passenger to stash a 5-month-old baby he was holding into the trunk via the back-seat panel, according to a police report cited by the Smoking Gun. Fifteen minutes after she pulled over, deputies heard the baby crying, opened the trunk, and found the infant inside, cranky but otherwise OK. Watkins faces felony child-cruelty charges, along with several traffic offenses.

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