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.

Comments (148)
  1. Catherine says:

    Would you prefer we ask permission from someone before we are allowed to breed?…

    What this woman did was stupid, but I think suggesting that one must ask permission from some authority to breed is incredibly chilling.

  2. Catherine says:

    When my twins were babies I somehow forgot to buckle them into their car seats once. I didn’t realize it until I got them home- but you have to understand that I was on zero sleep for 5 months straight and I was so absentminded.

    I felt so awful, though. I thank God I didn’t get into a car accident, could you imagine? OMFG

    This woman was being completely reckless, though. That was not an accident. She didn’t forget. She made a choice to put her kids in danger and I’m glad nothing bad had to happen for the children to be protected from her negligence.

  3. schmuck281 says:

    What’s the problem? She was educating the 1 year old in proper texting technique.

    Would you rather that the child face ridicule and bullying in his preschool class for not knowing how to text while driving?

  4. Edgar Friendly says:

    Sharpton said its just racial profiling. Jackson is coming to start the revolution.

    “Pull over black, get an attack!”

  5. Mike G says:

    Just another intelligent thoughtful Obama supporter. (Please note the sarcasm)

  6. LOw LifE says:

    I hope she learned something from that experience!

  7. 536546356 says:

    You can tell a lot just by paying attention to the first name of the person written about in the news article.

    Will the parent never realize that she is hurting her child’s future by giving an uncommon name with an unusual spelling?

    1. Average Gal says:

      What exactly can you tell?

  8. allyourfault says:

    she so gangsta. i guarantee that taxpayers are paying for this breeder sow’s babies, her car, her groceries, and her many tattoos as well. my country is doomed.

  9. Ken Puck says:

    This story is inaccurate. The mother knew that driving and texting is dangerous, so the baby was driving while she texted.

    1. Average Gal says:

      At the baby was being responsible by taking the wheel.

  10. CommonSense says:

    For the people making racist comments – You are the epitome of ignorance. This is the actions of one person….not a whole race. It is a proven fact that the overwhelming majority of serial killers are white, middle-aged men. That doesn’t make all white middle-aged men serial killers! And regarding the Obama comments – once again proving Republicans are ignorant, small-minded, racist haters!

    1. Common Sense –

      You were doing fine until you started broad-brushing Republicans.

      At that point, you defeated your own argument by committing the same error as those you are addressing.

  11. CommonSense says:

    By the way – the racist comments are just as low-class as the actions of this woman. I think racists are the ones who should be prevented from breeding

  12. APRIL says:

    @Common sense, don’t waste your breath on these people, they don’t get it. Why battle with fools. They will never comment on the things they see in the news regarding whites…they just carry on as though all the crime is caused by blacks and hispanics, America is in the toilet because of hatred because of race! All sense isn’t common!

    1. April –

      America isn’t in the toilet because of racial hatred. If you really believe that, name one other country where you personally would be better off as a minority.

      America is circling the drain precisely because it’s population is changing = and growing – way, way to fast.

      No country on the planet can succeed in the absence of controlled population growth.

      1. Average Gal says:

        I agreed with April.

  13. Proofreader1 says:

    Stupidity kills.

  14. vivian says:

    DMV records also show that Bowen has been previously cited for several road violations, including driving without insurance or a license plate, not wearing a seat belt or restraining her children, two traffic collisions and not appearing in court nine times, reports KTLA.

    1. KIm says:

      I think the children should be taken away perm…I don’t care if she is black or white,,,this woman is beyond stupid. reading one post that said taking the child can be traumatizing and foolish…what is wrong with you she could of killed all those children plus any innocent person driving,,,,So give the kids back and let her kill someone then you can say we should of done somethig ,,I also don’t care if this was her 1st time..make it her last,,,send the b***H to jail and put the children in foster care

      1. Average Gal says:

        Do you know how many children are in foster care in L.A. County?

        Why punish the children and send them to FC. They will likely be placed in the custody of family members or sent to live with their fathers, if the fathers are around, rather than some unknown people…we’ve all heard the horror stories about what happens to many children once they’ve been placed in foster care.

  15. vivian says:

    There are enough problematic people in the world to keep us entertained… It is the media that singles out the black population. You need to take a moment to realize you are being manipulated, and address your anger at the right place. You act like the white people went out and made this story up just so they could pick on the black people.. Get over it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama held a news release to tell the world that if he had a biological daughter it would look like this woman.

    1. Vivian –

      “It is the media that singles out the black population.”

      Would that by any chance be the same media that just naturally assumes that Trayvon Martin is innocent, and Zimmerman is Guilty?

      I think you might want to do a little research on media slant. You seem to be missing some facts.

  16. jeff sherman says:

    A 29 year old women with three children, all under the age of 5, unrestrained in a an automobile, driving down a California Interstate, texting on her cell phone, with a child on her lap…the biggest issue here is whether the vehicle had an up to date emission test passed. The emissions test is the key law here because a violation of such law will get this trash off the highways and get her children to safety.

    1. Catherine says:

      What is wrong with being 29 and having 3 children under 5? When I was 29 I had twins who were 20 months old and a newborn. In fact, my girls were 2 and my son was 6 months old on my 30th birthday. So does that make me a bad person or something?

      1. Gee, Catherine, we don’t know. How many times did you have your kids taken away from you?

  17. fergy says:

    Any idiot can breed.
    Unfortunately they do…..

    1. Average Gal says:

      Well, fortunately, adults do still have a right to have sex with each other.

      1. Average Gal –

        Sex doesn’t have to result in children.

        And then there’s that little matter called self-control.

        A dying trait, sadly.

      2. Average Gal says:

        I agree with you100 %.

        However, adults (fortunately) are not prevented from engaging in the “act of sexual intercourse” with another adult or exercising our right to choose not to have sex with another person.

        Independent of your choice about whether or not you want to reproduce, adults are not prohibited from engaging in the act of sexual relations with another consenting adult. – at least not yet.

  18. Jon says:

    The only solution is to remove the areas of irresponsibility. Revoke her license, forbid her from owning a cell phone and get a court order to revoke custody of her kids and maker her turn them over to a responsible adult,, which she clearly is not. Do this for the safety of all concerned.

  19. Lazybum says:

    What is up with these darn Amish? This Dweebdrawdra chick is a real piece of work!

    Do you think her car, kids and phone are all “state funded”

    You betcha!

  20. UyeahU says:

    The only thing missing was the cigarette in the hand holding the cell phone.

    Suggest a one month suspension of license 1st offense (plus mandatory 8 hour safe driving course before reinstatement), one year 2nd offense, permanent revocation third offense.

  21. smitpr says:

    I see a wrong – I see a wrong – I need to narc and call a cop. Hell in my day they’re weren’t any child seats. We flew thru the windshield when the solid iron car hit a tree and we were all right with it.

    1. Yeah, Smit –

      Except for your gaping brain injury & all, you’re indeed alright with it.

  22. T.C. says:

    I would just like to know, why does the news channel show caucasian hands driving, when the person in question, is of dark complexion? I am not a racist, but are they afraid because of what is happening in Florida?

  23. TruthBTold says:

    I knew whites couldn’t wait to make this a racial issue.

    1. CommonSense says:

      Not all whites. I am a white female, and am disgusted by the racial comments.

  24. drdoolittle says:

    It was Brit-Brit!

  25. Steve says:

    Is it any surprise she’s black? Nope! Judge her by the content of her character- it stinks!

  26. Javier says:

    The best argument for FREE ABORTION ON DEMAND.

  27. John says:

    This women was black so this story shouldn’t surprise anyone.

  28. Average Gal says:

    Do you know how many children are in foster care in L.A. County?

    Why deprive the children on their right to a mother? Especially, given that they are so young and need their mom…even if they’ll be going to jail to visit her there. You are punishing the children for the actions of their mother.

    Even a mom who exercises poor judgment is better than no mom at all.

    The kids probably don’t have their fathers in their lives, and take away the mom…then what’s left for them?

    Please think your thoughts before typing rash comments.

  29. Grace56 says:

    So why is their photo if a white persons hands when it’s pretty clear this was a black woman?

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