New Mexico police investigating video of woman driving with baby on lap


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A video has Albuquerque parents asking “What was she thinking?” after seeing a baby sitting behind the wheel of a moving vehicle on mom’s lap.

Police were just as angry when they saw the video. The Albuquerque Police Department said it received calls from family members who were concerned about the baby’s well-being after they told police the video was posted to Facebook over the weekend.

“It’s stupid. Why anyone would do that is beyond comprehension,” Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Tanner Tixier said. Parents in Albuquerque also said they couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

“It’s despicable if you ask me,” Michael Perea said. “I’m instantly outraged. I mean it’s painful to watch, poor little baby.”

“I’m angry at her because I know she knows better,” Rhoni Coleman said. “That mom was probably a car seat baby; there needs to be some kind of penalty for that.”

However, police said the only penalty this woman could face is a citation for not properly restraining the baby in a car seat. “Trying to push that to be a child abuse charge would be very, very difficult,” Tixier said. “Especially because you can’t see the offenders face in the video.”

Police said officers made a trip to the woman’s home to check on the baby; but no one answered the door.

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department also received a tip and launched an investigation.

KRQE spoke to the mom of the baby. She confirmed it’s her baby in the video, but claims it’s not her driving. She also said someone, over the weekend, posted the video on her Facebook page and tagged her in it. The video has since been taken down.

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