- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A 19-year-old South Florida woman faces child abuse charges after deputies found her 5-month-old child in her vehicle’s trunk during a traffic stop.

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.

According to an arrest report, the child was lying on top of a pair of hedge clippers and was surrounded by dangerous objects including a gas can and other debris. Watkins told authorities 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.

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