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. earl says:

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

    1. Whiskey Tango says:

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

  2. TRAILER PARK says:

    What a stupid b!tch.

    1. Erin says:

      Best & truest comment yet.

      1. Average Gal says:

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

  3. Truth says:

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

    1. duson mandic says:

      Because she didn’t break the law?

    2. michael says:

      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….

      1. Average Gal says:

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

    3. Mumbacks says:

      Because you are an azzhole.

  4. DrBob says:

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

    1. Alpha Kenny Juan says:

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

      1. kever's says:

        Thats just great

      2. me says:

        “the internet–where spelling counts”

        really? Get a life.

      3. bruce brinkmann says:

        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.

  5. Rick says:

    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

  6. jack says:

    they who?

    1. LA_SUX says:

      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.

    2. King Yule says:

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

    3. tim says:

      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.

    4. resident says:

      darwin was right

  7. jack says:

    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.

    1. Walter Mitty says:

      I doubt that

      1. David Daniel Kaminsk says:

        Hey, fellow, you stole my name

    2. Gail says:

      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.

  8. LATIN GUY says:

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

  9. LATIN GUY says:

    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.

    1. Average Gal says:

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

      1. hello_world says:

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

      2. Average Gal says:

        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?

  10. Average Gal says:

    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.

  11. fuggitaboudit says:

    Brittany’s driving again?

  12. JimBizzo says:

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

  13. william says:

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

    1. SABoy says:

      william, that ho ain’t no lady.

  14. John Svengali says:

    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.

    1. Sam Adams says:

      Well said!

    2. Joe Dionne says:

      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.

    3. Kevin says:

      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.

      1. Javier says:

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

    4. 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.

  15. Sam Adams says:

    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.

  16. NY9Solyndra says:

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

    – Gloria Allred

  17. incredulous says:

    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.

    1. Kevin says:

      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.

    2. Edgar Friendly says:

      Your parents should have been allowed to abort.

    3. UyeahU says:

      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.

    4. Gail says:

      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?

    5. 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.

    6. dork lungfish says:

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

  18. boooboo says:

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

  19. Rodney Kingmen says:

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

    911 essentials dot com

  20. B says:

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

  21. Maud St James says:

    Some people should not be allowed to breed.

  22. Segeny says:

    “Shawndeeia Bowen” – – – says it all.

  23. Matthew Dunnyveg says:

    To me, this is a good reason to avoid California like a disease. When I was a child, there was no such thing as a car seat. I got through it just fine, and I don’t think my mother deserves to be arrested.

    As far as some of the other comments that those who make the babies should pay for them, it is spot-on.

    Day by day, California becomes less free, and less American in the process.

    1. Raspberrytartlover says:

      Not everyone in CA is like her, please don’t group the normal people in with a loser like her.

    2. Matthew –

      Every sign, every warning, every rule & every law . . . was born of repeated bad behavior.

      You sound as though you are of Libertarian bent, as am I.

      But Libertarianism doesn’t function well in a crowded human zoo.

      Which is exactly what our sunshine state has become.


  24. Darrel says:

    Shawndeeia. Need we say more?

  25. No Limit Nig_ga says:

    Welcome to the obamanation. Another Numb Digger breeder.

  26. James Woods says:

    Guess it didn’t dawn on the genius to pull the car over and tend to the children. I guess she had no response to why she was on the cellphone but again it’s not the medias job to get the response from someone accused of such a crime.

    Just imagine the consequences. She’s distracted on the phone and rearends another vehicle. The child in the safety seat slams forward because the seat isn’t properly fastened. The other child in the rear seat heads for the windshield because it’s not wearing a seat belt or any other type of restraint.

    Those two will probably do better than the child on moms lap that will be smashed in the steering wheel. But hey; we don’t encourage real parenting. We encourage breeding with tax credits.

  27. GeorgiasSoClassy says:

    Leave Britney Alone!

  28. Mark says:

    They, is the Government. They are our masters because nobody believes in freedom and either doesn’t vote or votes Dem/Rep/Mainstream. Dear fellow Americans, Freedom is good. I promise, trust me I’m college educated.
    Mark M.

    1. College educated?

      You write like you’re trying to hide it.

  29. Stone dome says:

    Was that a free Obamaville phone?

    1. Average Gal says:

      Nothing is free.

  30. poorhardworker says:

    Gotta love California….glad I’m realllllly far away from there! There must be something in the air that makes them all self-important idiots!

  31. Bobby D. says:

    I saw this post on the Drudge Report and without seeing a picture or a name, I new what race she was, unbelievable……..

  32. ChrisAR says:

    Ignorant? Yes. Evil? No. Any of us over 40 spent most of our childhood unbelted and moving “freely about the cabin”. Not the best parenting and thankfully there was some intervention… still not 100% comfortable with government inserting themselves in place of parents.

    1. Chris –

      Well, maybe if you’re real lucky, she’ll be in your oncoming traffic someday, and you can hold up a big sign supporting her rights to terrorize the streets.

  33. sonnyboy1 says:

    When is she going to start saying they stopped her/arrested her because the cops were racist? If you’re black, you’re never guilty of wrong doing, it’s just that the cops are profiling you.

  34. Steve says:

    Check out her facebook profile.
    Just as I imagined her.

  35. Bob Klingenberg says:

    She was really upset about their taking her kids away. She had them to get more welfare. Now her payments will be cut. She’ll have to double the number of tricks she turns to 20 a day.

  36. Brad in AZ says:

    While I do take issue with the texting; I hardly ever wore a seat belt growing up and when we were infants my mom would breast feed us while driving. We’ve turned into a bunch of overly sensitive pansies.

    1. When you were growing up, there weren’t 30 million cars on the California highways.

      Get a grip, Brad. The present doesn’t equal the past.

  37. Rick O'Shea says:

    It would hae been a better story if she was breastfeeding the baby.

  38. Brer_Orabbit says:

    CBS is a ‘crook’.

  39. stopbreedingshawndeeia says:

    I’m sure the real problem was she was trying to search her thousands of contacts on the phone (Meaning the myriad of different donors that COULD be one/some of the fathers) to DEMAND her under-the-table child support so she can go get her nails and hair done. This way, at least she can LOOK GOOD…

    1. comenovember says:

      gurl, I will cut you…

  40. skeptic says:

    That is the problem with employed white collgege grads.

    1. jeff sherman says:

      You should learn to spell before you criticize anyone at anytime. You are a disgrace to humanity.

  41. John says:

    White hands in thumbnail.

  42. Pat says:

    If you leave these people alone, Darwin’s theory of Evolution will take care of it. We keep trying to save people from themselves. Let stupidity run its natural course.

    1. Pat –


      And according to Darwinism, your very own, personal painful death by an idiot speeding toward you?

      Well, that’s called ‘expected and acceptable collateral damage.’

      Now, go grow a part that thinks.

  43. comenovember says:

    Shawndia? Oh no shee dinent….

  44. APRIL says:

    Why make all the comments about her race, why can’t she just be a bad mom? How many white women kill their children and are negligent with their kids, why does it always have to be about race? If blacks, hispanics are so bad, why do you try to hold them to a higher standard then the things that you do. The molestation’s and sexual abuse of children, white women and men! Knock it off hypocrites!

  45. ETG says:

    This woman is an idiot and the kids are better off without her before they are old enough to learn to pronounce her name. Things have changed since I was young, older cars did not have air bags to kill children instantly when not fastened. Interestingly enough someone else broke the law and became distracted to call the “crime” in. Cops were likely dispatched through laptops and radios promoting more distraction. We are of coarse to believe that special multi-tasking training exists for law enforcement. Just an amusing story all around!

    1. ETG –

      Wrong on two counts:

      1. She’ll have the kids back in no time.

      2. “special multi-tasking training exists for law enforcement.” is indeed part of cop training, but it DOESN’T include babies on the lap.

      Don’t allow your resentment toward authority to cloud your common sense.

      1. Average Gal says:

        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.

        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.

  46. Grape Ape says:

    Knuckledragging apes.

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