by SEAN KIMMONS
A 23-year-old San Marcos mother was arrested after her 2-year-old daughter managed to sneak away and wander into the middle of an Interstate 35 frontage road, police say.
Jillian Wright told police that she was cleaning her vehicle Feb. 29 at the Bright Wash car wash near State Highway 80 and let her 9-year-old daughter in charge of her three other children, including the toddler, an arrest affidavit says.
After several cars almost hit the toddler, three witnesses stopped the afternoon traffic and removed the child from the eastside roadway, consisting of three lanes and a 45 mph speed limit, according to the report.
Witnesses say that 15 to 20 minutes passed by before Wright retrieved her child. Wright informed police that once she finished washing her vehicle, she began to search for her children and saw a group of people along the frontage road. She then ran over and claimed her daughter, says the affidavit, written by San Marcos police officer Jeremy Sembera.
Child Protective Services allowed Wright’s mother to take custody of her children, the report says.
Wright has been charged with abandonment of a child in imminent danger of bodily injury, a second-degree felony. She has since bailed out of a jail on a $10,000 bond, jail records show. It is unclear if Wright has regained custody of her children.
SEAN KIMMONS reports on crime for the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.Email | Print