Mom Doesn't Have Car Seat So She Does Dumbest Thing Imaginable

Just when you think you've heard it all, well, you hear something else. A mother has been arrested after a cop stopped her for having a taillight out and heard crying coming from ... the trunk. The cop reportedly opened the trunk and found what inside, you might ask? Why, a baby. Yes, yes, he found a baby. In. The. Trunk! So what happened, you might ask, quite horrified. Was this baby kidnapped? No, that would make too much sense. Reportedly, the baby's mother, who was driving the vehicle, put her there. Because ... wait for it ... she didn't have a car seat.


Breona Synclair Watkins, 19, was pulled over in Florida, after sheriff's deputies spotted her taillight out. Okay, no biggie. But seeing police car lights in her rear view mirror, Watkins was allegedly only worried about one thing -- that her 5-month-old baby was also in the car, but not strapped into a car seat.

So the young mom did what she had to do -- she handed the baby to her 14-year-old passenger (unclear if they are related), and the passenger stuck the baby into the trunk through an opening in the back seat.

When cops saw the baby, he or she was lying in the trunk on a pair of shears, and there were reportedly other dangerous items surrounding the child, including a rusty metal hanger, a tire iron, and a used gas can. 

The temperature in the trunk was also noticeably warmer, according to deputies.

The mom reportedly confessed that she had pulled this epic mom fail so she wouldn't get a ticket for not having the baby restrained.

Well, I suppose if you're going to have a baby in a trunk, at least this reason isn't as nefarious as it could have been. Presumably mom would have taken the baby out as soon as the cops drove away.

Should we feel sorry for this teen mom that she apparently can't afford a car seat? Nope. I found car seats going for as low as $10 on Craigslist in South Florida. Plus, I imagine she could have gotten one at a women's shelter or church if she couldn't afford even that.

Why on Earth wouldn't a mom have a car seat? Maybe she was just making a quick run and didn't want to bother with it? Who knows.

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But the lack of a car seat will now cost her dearly -- due to that boneheaded move, she has a $7,000 jail bond and several serious charges against her. I'm guessing she would have gotten off much easier if the cops had just seen the lack of a car seat.

Have you ever driven without a car seat?


Image via Broward County Sheriff's Office

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