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Texting-while-driving mom could get five years

Shawndeeia Bowen - Facebook

Shawndeeia Bowen took this picture of herself with her phone and posted it on Facebook.

New information is emerging on the woman who police say drove while texting with a baby on her lap, including: She’s really from Hawthorne, not Torrance; she is the mother of six kids, not three; and prosecutors say she could be locked up for five years if convicted.

Shawndeeia Bowen, 29, was arrested April 3 after a fellow driver on the 405 noticed a dangerous-looking scene: a woman with a 1-year-old on her knee, one hand on the wheel and the other tapping on her cell phone. The driver called 9-1-1 and followed Bowen until police could catch up with her, according to reports.

On Thursday, Torrance police released some colorful details on the arrest. They say that when they pulled Bowen over at Torrance and Hawthorn boulevards, the baby was still in her lap -- not crying -- and that Bowen was wearing one false eyelash and pink children’s underwear on her head. They also say she begged police not to take her children. (One of the kids in the car turns out to have been her nephew.)

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Driving while texting, with baby: Torrance mom arrested

Shawndeeia Bowen - Facebook

Shawndeeia Bowen took this picture of herself with her phone and posted it on Facebook. She loves her phone.

Driving while texting is frowned upon -- but with a baby on your lap? And more kids unsecured in the back seat?

According to KTLA, the LA Times, the Huffington Post and a million other news outlets, a Torrance mom named Shawndeeia Bowen did just that, rolling down the 405 earlier this week while soothing a baby on her knee and tapping at her phone. Torrance police say a fellow driver on the freeway saw the dangerous activity and called police himself -- in fact, he followed her with the phone to his ear till police could catch up -- resulting in her arrest April 3.

Bowen “was found to have a 1-year-old infant on her lap while texting and driving,” police reported. “Additionally, a 2-year-old was found unrestrained in a car seat and a 4-year-old was found unrestrained in the back seat.”

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