GALVESTON — A Galveston woman accused of driving a car with her infant son inside into Offatts Bayou on Monday has been charged with attempted capital murder, police said.
Investigators allege Latonya Kirven, 30, tried to drown the 6-month-old boy after driving her car into the water near the boat ramp at Washington Park, Galveston police Sgt. Joshua Schirard said.
The infant was rescued by several anglers fishing on the piers nearby and appears to have been unharmed, police said.
Police allege that shortly before Kirven drove her vehicle into the bayou, she ran over a 75-year-old man in the 500 block of 42nd Street after arguing with him.
The man, who has not been identified, remained in critical condition Wednesday at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Schirard said.
Kirven has also been charged with one count of driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
She remained jailed Wednesday on bonds totaling $410,000.
Police allege Kirven drove her car into a parked vehicle in the 500 block of 42nd Street at about 5 p.m. Monday. Witnesses told police a man came out of the residence where the car was parked and began arguing with Kirven before she struck him with her vehicle, Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto said.
Porretto said Kirven and the man may have known each other.
Police contend Kirven then drove her vehicle to Washington Park, in the 1600 block of 61st Street.
Tyler Arcizo, 19, of Houston, was at the park fishing with several friends when Kirven’s car drove into the bayou.
One of the fishermen who police credited with “heroically” acting to rescue Kirven’s son recorded a video that shows the car, a silver Pontiac, beginning to sink. Voices can be heard urging the woman to get out of the vehicle.
The video later shows the woman swimming after the car has been submerged.
Arcizo said he jumped in the water to try and help the infant and his mother.
He grabbed the baby and handed the infant to other anglers on the dock, but Arcizo said the woman resisted any help.
Kirven then swam away from the pier and removed her clothes, Arcizo said.
She was nude and appeared to be severely intoxicated when officers arrived and pulled her from the water, Porretto said.
She was transported to the medical branch and treated for minor injuries before being booked into the Galveston County Jail early Tuesday, police said. Officials also took a blood sample, Porretto said.
Kirven has previous convictions for possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, according to court records.
A police investigation remains open, Schirard said.