FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A 19-year-old South Florida woman faces child abuse charges after deputies say they found her 5-month-old child in her vehicle’s trunk lying on a pair of hedge clippers and surrounded by dangerous objects including a gas can.
Broward Sheriff’s deputies say they tried to pull over a vehicle on Tuesday but Breona Watkins kept driving. When she stopped, the deputy heard a baby crying in the trunk.
Deputies say Watkins told them she asked her 14-year-old passenger to slide the baby into the trunk through a back seat panel because she didn’t want to get ticketed for not having a car seat.
Watkins remains jailed on $7,000 bail. It wasn’t known whether she has a lawyer.