GALVESTON — A Galveston woman ran over a 75-year-old man with her car before driving the vehicle with her infant son inside into the water at Washington Park on Monday, police said.

Latonya Kirven, 30, was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle.

Additional charges may also be filed, Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto said.

The 6-month-old boy was still being held in the hospital but appeared to be uninjured, Porretto said.

The 75-year-old man remained in critical condition at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Police allege Kirven first drove the car, a silver Pontiac, into a vehicle parked in the 500 block of 42nd Street about 5 p.m. Monday, Porretto said.

Witnesses told police they saw a man walk out of the home where the vehicle was parked and begin arguing with Kirven, Porretto said.

Kirven and the man may have known each other, but the exact nature of their relationship is unclear, Porretto said.

Witnesses told police Kirven struck the man with her car and fled, Porretto said.

About 20 minutes later, police began receiving calls about a silver Pontiac driving into the water near the boat ramp at Washington Park, Porretto said.

Houston resident Tyler Arcizo was at the park fishing with some friends when he heard a loud noise and saw the car drive into the water.

Arcizo, 19, then saw a woman leave the vehicle and saw a baby in a car seat floating out of the car, he said.

“My first reaction was to jump in,” he said.

Arcizo dove into the water and swam to the woman and the child.

Arcizo was able to grab the baby and swim back to land where he handed the infant to his friends on the dock, he said.

Arcizo and other anglers at the park tried to help the woman ashore, but she resisted and at one point tried to push Arcizo underwater, he said.

The woman, who remained largely silent, continued swimming and removed all her clothes, Arcizo said.

When police arrived, Kirven was nude and appeared to be severely intoxicated, Porretto said.

Officers pulled Kirven out of the water and transported her to the medical branch where she was treated for minor injuries and officials took a blood sample, Porretto said.

She was released from the hospital and booked into the Galveston County Jail early Tuesday morning.

Police are continuing to investigate the incidents at Washington Park and in the 500 block of 42nd Street.

Porretto said bystanders recorded video of Kirven’s alleged actions at both locations.

Initial reports indicated that another child may have been in the vehicle driven into the water, but officers determined that was not the case, Porretto said.

He did not say whether Kirven had any other children, or whether she had legal custody of the child in the vehicle with her.

Porretto commended the anglers who helped rescue Kirven’s child, calling their actions “heroic.” The police department hopes to recognize the fishermen in the future, he said.

Kirven remained at the Galveston County Jail on Tuesday on bonds totaling $160,000.

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or

(3) comments

Walter Manuel


For the first time ever I'm lost for words. Thank goodness this innocent baby was OK...[sad]


My son Tyler Arcizo and 3 of his friends rescued this baby, these boys are only 19 and it took all 4 of them to get the baby out. The crazy woman kept trying to drown my son. Thank God those boys were at the right place and the right time!

Steve Fouga

You must have raised your boy right! Good job!

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