Mother Arrested for DWI with 8-Month-Old Buried in Backseat

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

A mother is in jail after allegedly driving under the influence and having her 8-month-old baby buried under clothes and a skateboard in the backseat.

Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputies were called out to the Valero at Loop 494 and FM 1314 in Porter to assist another deputy on a traffic stop.

When they arrived, they learned that Jessica Barber Gutierrez, 40, had stopped in the roadway for no apparent reason. She then proceeded into the Valero parking lot and stopped. The deputies were able to identify her through her drivers license. She then admitted during questioning to have consumed a beer earlier, along with Prozac and Xanax.

It was then that deputies spotted a baby in the back seat buried under clothes and a skateboard. They determined the child was alright and then performed a field sobriety test on Gutierrez which she failed.

A search of the vehicle turned no baby clothes, milk or diapers for the baby.

Gutierrez was then placed in custody. She and the 8-month-old little girl were transported to the Constable's Office for booking. Child Protective Services was contacted and responded to take custody of the child. Gutierrez also stated that she had a 12-year-old child at home with a new to be 21-year-old roommate. When asked she was not able to recall the roommate's name.

During the booking process, Gutierrez stated she had also been smoking potpourri which she bought at a local business and did not know it was illegal.

She was transported to Kingwood Regional Hospital to have her blood drawn and then to the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe where she is being held on a $25,000 bond.

Gutierrez is charged with felony Driving While Intoxicated with a child.

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