ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Georgette Vigil, the mother accused of abandoning her nearly 2-year-old daughter on the freeway, claims she had no idea what she’d done.
The 36-year-old is now behind bars.
She made her first appearance in court Tuesday. Her attorney fought hard to get her released without bond, but the judge didn’t go for it. He said Vigil is a flight risk and poses a threat to the community. He ordered Vigil be held on a $30,000 cash surety bond.
When police caught with Vigil at her apartment just a couple miles from the crash scene, they asked her why she fled. Vigil then admitted she had been drinking vodka.
According to police, Vigil was driving west on I-40 near Wyoming on Monday night when she lost control. After hitting a cement wall Vigil then fled the scene, leaving the child behind.
Vigil claims another car bumped into her SUV from behind, causing her to crash. Her two young daughters were in the back seat.
According to a criminal complaint, her youngest daughter was in a car seat that wasn’t strapped down, and flew out of the rear passenger window.
When police asked Vigil how she didn’t notice the girl had flown out of the window, she said, “I don’t know.”
A retired state police officer followed Vigil back to her apartment where police caught up with her. She told officers that she didn’t know the little girl was missing until her 4-year-old daughter told her. But by that time, Vigil said she was “almost home,” so she didn’t go back.
Vigil has a gash on her forehead and was booked Wednesday night.
The toddler had cuts and a case of road rash. Media General contributors has learned both daughters are with family under CYFD supervision.
She’s charged with felony child abuse and could eventually face a DWI charge.
Contributors will update this story as more information becomes available.
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