Breona Synclair Watkins is a mother in Florida who was arrested and faces multiple charges for hiding her 5-month old baby in the trunk of the car during a routine traffic stop allegedly to avoid getting a ticket for not having an infant car seat.

Breona Synclair Watkins

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What began as routine traffic stop in Floria that no one would have ever heard about instead has become yet another story of appallingly bad parenting which has received worldwide attention.

According to CBS Miamis, quoting the Broward County Sherriff’s Office the 19-year-old Breona Synclair Watkins, a resident of Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, was pulled over in her car by deputies in the early morning hours for having a missing headlight and running a red light in her 2005 Dodge Stratus.

Deputies could hear the sound of a crying baby coming from the trunk of the car. Once opened, the baby was found in amongst the contents of the trunk, reported as including a rusting tire iron, metal shears, a gas can, a fuel pump, a rusty metal clothes hanger, a plastic CD case and other “materials determined to be hazardous.”

According to the report from the Sheriff’s Office, Watkins told a 14-year-old boy who was riding in the passenger seat to hide the baby in the trunk. She was instructed to place the baby into the trunk through an opening in the back seat.

The baby had been in the boy’s lap. Watkins was thus attempting to avoid getting a ticket for not having a car seat for the baby.

Watkins succeeded in that attempt. Instead she was arrested and booked into jail. She faces multiple charges including “child abuse without great bodily harm, obstruction without violence, operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license, driving an unsafe vehicle, disobeying a traffic device, driving without a child restraint and without a safety belt for a passenger under the age of 18.” She is being held on $7,000 bond.

The full details of the incident and arrest of Breona Synclair Watkins are revealed in the police report obtained by the Smoking Gun which you can see here.

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