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March 15th, 2012
Young mom arrested after toddler wanders onto I-35 feeder


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.

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3 thoughts on “Young mom arrested after toddler wanders onto I-35 feeder

  1. Ho-ly crap. I really hope this was just an isolated, but(extremely) careless act by the mother. It would be nice if she is able to learn from this incident, pay her debt to society, and regain custody of her kids. This country needs more kids with loving parents.

  2. I don’t know, it never says there was abuse…I’m a mother of 3 and I had a similar situation happen years ago where my child wandered to a main road, mind you he was just there a minute ago in front of my face as I was searching he managed to get to a main street…small children are fast and its unfortunate that they were put in danger, but I would seriously make sure it was just an accident, the panic of losing your kids is punishment enough. I think I cried for weeks at the thought of the danger. Imagine all the mothers in the world that take their eyes of their kids for just one moment? If there’s more to the story, please share.

  3. her debt is not to society. her debt is to her kids. i live near ths carwash. the only places for the 9 year old guardian of the other 3 kids to watch them is on the feeder on one side, or on the street on the other side. or in the park lot. where were they that for 20 minutes AFTER THE COPS SHOWED UP the mom didnt even realize they were gone? and where, during this time were the other kids? and how bout this – where was the mom? if you believe she was diligently cleaning her car, you’re crazy. ditto if you think that somebody who let this happen will learn this lesson or that this was an isolated incident. the only people i feel bad for are the kids. the cycle of irresponsible parenting continues.

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