Triple True Life Mommy Fail: Driving With A Baby In The Lap And Two More Unbuckled Kids — While Texting

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driving with a babyGoodness knows that mothers and fathers makes mistake somewhere along the trajectory of childrearing. If you’ve never accidentally left your children’s shoes on top of your car and driven off or perhaps locked your keys in the car with the kids, then you just aren’t parenting. But aside from the routine guilt and anguish that can sometimes consume women for forgetting to collect their children from school or perhaps just those lunches on the counter, a recent real life mother should have more than mere mommy points deducted.

CBS news reports that 29-year-old Shawndeeia Bowen was hurdling along the 405 freeway in California with her three children when another driver on the road noticed that she was texting — with her unbuckled 1-year-old on her lap! The unidentified “tipster” then called 911 and police where there waiting for Bowen when she eventually turned off the freeway. Officers not only discovered that she was, in fact, sharing her steering wheel with her baby but that her two other children, a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old, were not fastened into their car seats. Neither child was wearing a seat belt.

The mother’s reasoning demonstrates a very believable scenario but extremely poor judgement:

“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,”  [Lt. Stephen] D’anjou added.

Bowen was arrested on site for child endangerment and her three kids have been placed in protective custody. She has also most likely been shamed out of every mommy club and play group in the western hemisphere.

(photo: Andy Dean Photography/