BACLIFF — A woman was arrested on a felony charge after deputies accused her of passing out in her home while leaving her two young children in a car, authorities said Wednesday.

Bond for Jennifer L. Bautista, 33, of Bacliff was set at $10,000 on a second-degree felony charge of abandoning a child with intent to return, said Capt. Mike Benavides of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

On Sept. 9, a deputy was called to investigate a possible child endangerment case in which two 1-year-old children were left unattended in a vehicle in the 4700 block of Third Street in Bacliff, Benavides said.

Deputies accused Bautista of leaving her children unattended in the automobile while she was passed out inside her home.

“Bautista’s friend located the children and cleaned them up prior to giving them to Bautista’s mother,” Benavides said.

The children didn’t require medical attention, Benavides said.

Deputies accused Bautista of going to her mother’s home and assaulting her later that afternoon.

Officials charged Bautista with assault causing family violence and held her on a $2,500 bond. A deputy then filed for a warrant to arrest Bautista on the child endangering charge, Benavides said.

Authorities served the warrant on Bautista on Tuesday at her residence, Benavides said. She was not listed as an inmate Wednesday afternoon, jail records state.

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(5) comments

Richard Worth
Richard Worth

Again. Public Flogging.

J. Shaffer

Her friends and her mother are willing to cover for her bad behavior and she attacks them for it?

Yea, she needs a wake up call. What is that, about six am in the county jail?

Lars Faltskog

Yep, folks will do anything to cover up the bad behavior of others out of "tolerance" , "love", and "sympathy". Worse than that, it's typical co-dependency-type behavior.

Friend and mother should have turned this terrible woman in, probably years ago.

Now, I'm sure sometime today there will be a defender of this individual to say she' s a wonderful person who has gone through a lot of pain, and that so many folks love her, and she's a blue ribbon winner with her cherry pie at the church bake sale.

Steve Fouga

What a strangely written story. Deputies accused Bautista of passing out... Is it illegal to pass out? Later it says they accused her of leaving the kids in the car while "passed out." Is "passed out" an adjective? Then later they accused her of assault.

What if Bautista parked at her home, went inside, bent down to pick something up, passed out from low blood pressure when she stood up, then hit her head when she fell. While Bautista was incapacitated, her neighbor saw the unattended kids in the car, took them to Bautista's mother and called the cops. The next thing Bautista knows, she's accused of passing out and leaving her kids unattended. Later she finds out the kids are at her mom's, so she goes there to get them. Her mom doesn't believe her story, they get in a fight, and the deputies end up accusing her of assault...

Probably didn't happen like that, did it? But we don't know, because so little information was given in the story.

Lars Faltskog

Well, Jake -
It very well could be a possibility that it was a one-time misunderstanding that got out of hand. Doesn't seem like the individual in question has graced the mugshot databases.

Recalling ENG GRAMMAR 101 class, "passed out" is a "phrasal verb". They begin with the verb "pass". There's many: pass off, pass on, pass away. Of course, "pass on" and "pass away" are simply kinder ways of saying someone has kicked the bucket, "popped off", or bought the farm. Come to think of it, I suppose "pop off" is considered also a "phrasal verb".

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