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Woman Jailed for Driving with Baby in Trunk

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A Florida woman faces child abuse charges after authorities found her 5-month-old baby in the trunk of her car during a traffic stop.

Authorities in Broward County initially stopped Breona Watkins because of a broken headlight, but she did not stop right away. She continued driving for about a quarter mile, and when she did finally stop a deputy heard a baby crying in the trunk.

Deputies say Watkins, 19, did not want to get a ticket for not having the baby in a car seat so she asked her 14-year-old passenger to hide the baby by opening the back seat panel and sliding the baby into the trunk.

The 5-month-old was reportedly found in the trunk lying on top of a pair of hedge clippers, a large rusted tire iron and a rusty metal hanger. Authorities also said there was a used gas container, plastic bags and many other hazardous materials in the trunk which could have easily injured or killed the infant.

Watkins is now facing a list of charges, including 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.

Watkins remains jailed on $7,000 bail.

Read more on this story at  CBS News.

(Photo Credit: Broward Sheriffs Office)