Mom Throws Baby Into SUV to Stop Repo Man

A 15-year-old then shot the guy in the leg, police say

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff | Suggested by Realist

Posted Mar 25, 2010 9:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – Krystal Gardner must be really attached to her car. When a man tried to repossess the SUV on Monday, police say the 28-year-old Dallas woman threw her 1-year-old child through an open window and into the car’s back seat—a deranged but clever ploy, since state law prevents vehicles from being possessed while someone is inside, the Dallas Morning News explains.

The repo man hurriedly stopped the car and got out, only to be confronted by a 15-year-old boy with a 12-gauge shotgun, who fired one shot into the air and another into his leg. The man suffered only minor injuries however, and ultimately retrieved the car. Both Gardner and the boy, identified as Jessie Reyna, are in custody, charged with aggravated assault. Gardner also faces child endangerment charges, several outstanding traffic warrants, and a visit from Child Protective Services.

Krystal Gardner is seen in this mugshot.
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