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Woman arrested for texting while driving… with a baby in her lap

The US mother’s children were taken into protective custody.

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A WOMAN’S THREE children have been taken into protective custody after police found her texting while driving on the motorway with a baby in her lap.

Shawndeeia Joann Bowen, 29, from Hawthorne, California was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on the Interstate 405 freeway. Another motorist saw her and called police.

Police say Bowen wasn’t wearing a seatbelt while holding her one-year-old on her lap, and neither was her four-year-old daughter. Her two-year-old son was in an unsecured car seat.

Bowen was already on five years of probation for a child abuse charge she pleaded no contest to in 2010 and was driving on a suspended license, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Bowen was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. Bail was set at $131,000.

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