Woman Accused Of Texting While Driving With Baby On Her Lap

TORRANCE (CBS) — Torrance police arrested a woman seen driving on the San Diego (405) Freeway with a baby in her lap, a cellphone in one hand and two unsecured children in the back seat, a lieutenant said Wednesday.

Shawndeeia Bowen, 29, of Hawthorne, was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Stephen D’anjou said.

A tipster, who saw the woman as he rounded the “South Bay Curve,” called 911.

The caller kept tabs on Bowen, and police stopped her as she exited the freeway. The 1-year-old was still in her lap and the phone still in a hand, according to D’anjou.

A 2-year-old child in the back seat was in a safety seat, but it was not fastened with a seat belt, D’anjou said. A 4-year-old, also in the back seat, did not have a seat belt on.

“In the event of an accident, there’s no way a parent or guardian will be able to stop a child from flying into the windshield of the car so it’s very dangerous,” D’anjou said.

Bowen was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, and the three children were taken into protective custody, police said.

The arrest came as Torrance police joined other law enforcement agencies for Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

“Her excuse was that, while she was driving on the 91 Freeway near Compton, the 1-year-old started crying and in an effort to comfort the 1-year-old, she pulled the 1-year-old to the front seat,” D’anjou added.

In California, holding a cell phone to an ear while driving is a citable offense, but police can give tickets any time they believe a driver is not devoting enough attention to the road.

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  • earl

    its so crazy for the woman to do that.. god help the kids,

    • Whiskey Tango

      I could tell it was a mudflap by the tribal name. Cut off her welfare and take the kids for good. Another role model.


    What a stupid b!tch.

    • Erin

      Best & truest comment yet.

      • Average Gal

        Just like the ones that you live next to in your trailer park.

  • Truth

    Still can’t be a worse mom than octomom. How come octomom is not being arrested?

    • michael

      She was texting the President requesting an immediate raise in her well-fare checks….dear Mr. Pres. The cost of living in the land-of-fruits and nuts is just outrages….

      • Average Gal

        Text was to Hillary Clinton. This was the infamous text HC received.

    • Mumbacks

      Because you are an azzhole.

    • duson mandic

      Because she didn’t break the law?

  • DrBob

    That Ding-Bat is surely the epitimy of stupidity. Thank God that the children are OK and removed from that B—-H !!

    • Alpha Kenny Juan

      No, Dr. Bob, the epitome of stupidity is misspelling the word “epitome” when you’re discussing stupidity.

      • bruce brinkmann

        Ignorance is a choice. Stupidity is not. Many people choose to be ignorant, but stupid people are just stupid people and you can’t fix stupid.

      • kever's

        Thats just great

      • me

        “the internet–where spelling counts”

        really? Get a life.

  • Rick

    She will still collect well fare and get her EBT in jail. I am so sure the phone is under the kids name along with the cable and water bill. People like this should get tubes tied after one kid. I went on her facebook and saw the skank pregnant wearing a nasty $3 shirt. HO3

  • jack

    they who?

    • Bobo
    • tim

      So some knucklehead does something stupid and the immediate response is that we should have licenses to have kids? I’m sick of seeing our freedom given away in the interest of protecting idiots and their kids.

    • King Yule

      Why America let’s black people breed. Black people are dumb.

    • LA_SUX

      They = Anyone that having babies that are not fully supported by the people that made them.

      If the 1st child is supported by the government, the tubes are automatically tied at that birth of the second. Seems pretty easy to me. But hey, I think it’s crazy that someone needs a license for a dog but not a baby.

    • resident

      darwin was right

  • jack

    this woman is insane, hopefully this incident will wake her up. Those kids are not safe with that woman. I would keep the kids away from her for a year, until she goes thru community service, safety and health training, psychological analysis.

    • Gail

      Jack, This episode won’t wake her up! Why? SHE DOESN’T CARE! This is her 9th bad driving citation, and she clearly has kids to spare.

    • Walter Mitty

      I doubt that

      • David Daniel Kaminsk

        Hey, fellow, you stole my name

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    Were those from one pair of hyperactive balls or three different pairs of balls?


    I was down in Diego County two months ago delivering appliances near their Downtown and I saw the same thing on the freeway. I wonder if this was the same woman driver.

    • Average Gal

      Why didn’t you call the cops when you saw this and report her?

      • Average Gal

        People who witness crimes (e.g., an endangered child) when working can’t report crimes? Or, are they just too lazy or careless to report?

      • hello_world

        Because he was on the job…. didn’t you read that?

  • Average Gal

    Six children by age 29?

    That is a lot of children, at the rate she’s going she’ll have five more babies before age 35. Something clearly is not right with that picture, and she has the nerve to pose on Facebook like she’s a model or something.

    If she wanted to console the baby while driving, the best thing to do would have been to exit the freeway, turn off the car and drive into a safe, well lit area to console the baby. This is an excuse, she should be brought up on child endangerment charges.

    What if she struck another car and all those innocent babies had died, this was clearly very dangerous and the nerve of her to text and drive at the same time is unexcusable.

  • fuggitaboudit

    Brittany’s driving again?

  • JimBizzo

    Six kids by the age of 29 and named Shawndeeia… yea, sounds like the Obama base to me.

  • william

    This is one of the few times I support the cops, they did the right thing. I hope the lady learns from this.

    • SABoy

      william, that ho ain’t no lady.

  • teddynovak
  • John Svengali

    The police should have cited the mother/driver and ensured all the children were properly secured before release. The act of seizing children is extreme and unnecessary.

    The mother was wrong and should be punished. But for the children to be taken away is traumatizing and foolish. The officer had discretion. The officer’s responsibility was to ensure compliance with law and properly cite. Arrest, seizing of children, social services, towing the vehicle, impounding is all over the top. And I in no way excuse the mother.

    • Kevin

      BS– the women engaged in significant child endangerment. There should be a full review to determine whether she’s a fit mother. Her actions don’t indicate that she is capable of caring for her young ones, and until that happens her custody rights should be revoked. John you’re probably a liberal, and liberals are all about doing “what feels right” rather than applying logic or rational thinking. But the law is about the best interest of the child, not the crack head, piece of human garbage mother. Those poor kids– don’t be surprised if one or all of them become another Travon.

      • Javier

        Then you should support abortion rights. Those unwanted, uncared for, endangered children should never have been born.

    • http://www.Medicalmaniacs.com patricparamedic

      John –

      What you say applies 100% to a driver of sound mind.

      But if you think citing this woman and letting her go would make a dent in her brain, I have to disagree,

      She needed a profound wake-up call, and she got it.

      And I am absolutely no fan of CPS. The kids do indeed deserve better.

    • Sam Adams

      Well said!

    • Joe Dionne

      Not well said. This woman needs to have the s**t smacked out of her, but since that’s illegal, the officer did all he could do.

  • Sam Adams

    No doubt it was a free government cell phone and our tax dollars are already supporting her and those kids. And now our tax dollars get to support the system that feels the kids have to be taken because the mom is stupid. You can’t fix stupid, even with other people’s money and a government program.

  • http://ny9solyndra.wordpress.com NY9Solyndra

    “Why do the police interfere with a woman’s right to choose how she holds her baby when she drives?”

    – Gloria Allred

  • incredulous

    She should be allowed to do whatever she wants… They’re her children, her car, and her phone. All of you little slaves who don’t see that this is just a revenue generating scheme set out by traitor; shame on you! It is not smart to do all those things and perhaps the police could have ridden next to her and used their P.A and told her to pull over at the next safe place. And PLEASE secure your children and we also suggest using your phone only when you stopped. This is America and the sooner the rights of those to do as they please is upheld we shall remain slaves. I hope she sues.

    • Edgar Friendly

      Your parents should have been allowed to abort.

    • Kevin

      Okay stupid, you do realize that those kids are human beings with actual rights, and that her mother has a duty under the law not to engage in criminal behavior that would put them in jeopardy. They’re not “her” kids in the sense they are her property you freaking moron. I certainly hope you are a troll, b/c it would pain me to think that someone as moronic as you actually exists.

    • http://www.Medicalmaniacs.com patricparamedic

      Incredulous –

      You could only be right if there were no other cars on the road to crash into.

      I’m guessing you just haven’t seen enough dead people to know how utterly juvenile your thinking really is.

      Do yourself a big favor: do some ride-along time on a Paramedic unit.

    • Gail

      Incredulous, you are an idiot! She should be allowed to do whatever she wants? What if this idiot hit your car and left you wheelchair bound? Would you suggest she sue then? Just because they are “her” children means they shouldn’t be entitled to protection under the law? I don’t want my child to wander from my yard, should I tie it to a tree? Are you starting to get the picture?

    • jbmw


    • UyeahU

      Are we over-regulated? Absolutely. Do you want someone so clueless to kill your loved one and possibly themselves and their children because you think she has a right to be irresponsible? Give me a break. The First Amendment guarantees our free speech, but your argument says it’s okay to shout “FIRE” in a crowed theater, if that is what you “want”, regardless of the consequences to others. I see people on cell phones talking, texting AND weaving all over the road, crossing lane lines and behaving as if they were drunk. This is what you are defending. Please.

      Oh, and then there is the mentality, if it offends me; SUE. What this country desperately need is a “loser pays” legal system. If you fell you have a legitimate case, by all means take it to trial, but this would stop this “shotgun” approach to litigation where you sue as many and as often as possible to make money for yourself and your lawyers. There would be no more nonsense frivolous suits if there was a possibility you would have to pay your opponents legal fees. And on the plus side there would also be less frivolous lawyers as well.

    • dork lungfish

      Incredulous: you have a very odd notion of what constitutes liberty and freedom.

  • boooboo

    I have two words…Shawn deeia. That says it all

  • Rodney Kingmen

    “The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” – Margaret Thatcher

    911 essentials dot com

  • B

    What if she ran a red light and killed someone you know because she was doing “whatever she wants”
    This is beyond stupid!

  • Maud St James

    Some people should not be allowed to breed.

  • Segeny

    “Shawndeeia Bowen” – – – says it all.

    • GD


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