HCSO: Intoxicated woman crashes car, leaves twin infants alone

Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 10:52 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 1:13 PM CDT
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HARRISON COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) - An intoxicated woman has been arrested after she wrecked her car and ran into traffic, leaving her two infants alone.

On June 14, Harrison County Sheriff’s Officers (HCSO) received calls from motorists reporting a woman running on I-20 eastbound. When an officer located the woman, she appeared to be under the influence of alcohol and other narcotics due to her erratic behavior, according to HCSO. Fantasia Martinez, 26, was placed under arrest and put into the back of a patrol unit.

Martinez told the officer that her car broke down and her two 6-month-old twins were still inside. No car was immediately found so officers began to search for the vehicle.

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Posted by Harrison County Marshall Texas Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Deputies eventually discovered the wreck at the end of Buck Sherrod Road South, a south service road of I-20. The car, which crashed through a barricade, was totaled and one of the two twins was discovered inside the vehicle.

During this time the woman escaped her handcuffs and climbed through the small gap in the back cage into the front of the patrol vehicle and escaped. Deputies were able to re-secure her.

Woman crashes car and leaves twin infant inside.
Woman crashes car and leaves twin infant inside.(Harris County Sheriff's Office)

EMS was called to the scene to attend to the infant child. An extensive search with multiple agencies was held, through the woods and areas surrounding I-20. Deputies found out where Martinez had recently moved, they immediately went to the home and forced entry. There they located the second infant alone and uninjured.

Martinez was transported to the Harrison County Jail, where she was charged with the following charges:

  • Two counts of abandon/endanger child imminent danger bodily injury F/2
  • One count of driving while intoxicated w/ child passenger SJF
  • One count of escape M/A 1-resisting arrest/transport M/A
  • One count of resisting arrest/transport M/A

“Thank you to the Deputies, DPS, ESDs, and Marshall Fire Department for their efforts in locating these children. It is heartbreaking to know that some children have to live in these conditions, but I am glad no lives were lost,” said Sheriff Brandon Fletcher.

Child Protective Services were contacted, and both infants were turned over to their custody. One HCSO Deputy suffered from heat exhaustion during the extensive search but was treated was on the scene.

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