Posted: Wed, May 28 2014 at 12:56 PM, Updated: Wed, May 28 2014 at 4:08 PM
Texas --- (KPRC) A Texas mother has been arrested after police say she was involved in a hit-and-run accident, then drove her car into a bayou with her child inside.
Galveston police say LaTonya Kirven was naked and under the influence when she drove her car into Offatts Bayou with her 6-month-old son inside.
Fishermen on a nearby pier risked their own safety to save the baby boy from drowning.
"The baby was floating. There is some indication she may have been trying to submerge him. That is still an active part of the investigation," said Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto.
The good Samaritans attempted to bring Kirven to shore, but police say she was combative. When Galveston police pulled her to shore they say she was unclothed and appeared intoxicated.
Investigators say prior to submerging her car in 15 feet of water, Kirven had been involved in a hit-and-run accident. They say she ran over a 70-year-old man after the two had an argument. That incident happened near the 500 block of 42nd Street. The motive behind the assault remains under investigation.
Kirven, 30, is being held at the Galveston County Jail on a $160,000 bond. She is charged with DWI with a child in the vehicle and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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