AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Police arrested a woman accused of throwing her 8-month-old child at a car. Police say it all stemmed from an argument with the baby’s father.
Lorena Garcia, 23, is charged with injury to a child, a third degree felony.
Austin police say Roberto Zepeda and Garcia were at a notary public office in East Austin to finalize a financial agreement for their four children. But instead, they began arguing and left.
Court documents say Zepeda got in his truck, and when he was pulling out of a parking spot, Garcia began hitting his windows. He told police Garcia then threw the baby at the truck’s windshield and that she then picked the infant up and threw her through his open window into his arms.
The baby had a cut on her leg but wasn’t injured otherwise.
The notary office is in the back of a CD and video store. The owner of that shop, Jorge Tavira, was there the day the altercation happened. He has surveillance cameras in his store and says police asked for the video, but it didn’t capture the incident.
“My first reaction was to come inside and watch on my video cameras and see if I saw something,” said Tavira.
Even though he couldn’t see what happened in the parking lot, Tavira remembers how it started.
“She got angry. She just walked out,” he said.
He says the area used to have some problems with drugs and theft, but this was very different.
“Nothing really like that had happened before,” Tavira said, “I was shocked you know.”
The other children were at the office too that day. A five-year-old and six-year-old told police the same story as their dad.