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8-month-old girl found in trashed-out car

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Deputies make a bizarre find after a woman is stopped for allegedly driving while intoxicated. They discovered the woman's baby buried underneath trash in the car. Fortunately, the baby is still alive and wasn't injured.

Montgomery County deputies say they had this woman pulled over, stopped and out of the car for some time before they realized mounds of junk was piled on top of the eight-month-old infant in the back seat of the car.

While under arrest and shackled by a Montgomery County holding cell 40-year old Jessica Gutierrez realizes the trouble she is in. She's holding her baby girl and tells her "I love you. I don't want to be without you".

Precinct 4 deputy constables came upon Gutierrez when they pulled up behind her car blocking the road. They thought she had broken down.

"She was actually parked in the middle of the roadway," says Captain Mark Seals with the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

Gutierrez eventually turned into a gas station and deputies asked if she was ok. Capt. Seals says she smelled of alcohol.

"She admitted she consumed alcohol, Prozac and Xanax," says Capt. Seals.

"While the officer was performing field sobriety testing one of the other deputies observed something moving inside the vehicle. They thought it might be an animal, a dog or something," adds Capt. Seals.

Moving underneath the stacks of stuff that filled just about every inch of the car was Gutierrez's eight-month-old daughter strapped in a car seat.

"We typically think hoarders are confined to a home but we have seen instances where hoarders do the same type of activity inside their vehicle," explains Capt. Seals.

Deputies have no idea why the trash was piled on the baby and no clue where Gutierrez was headed.

"We have no idea and chances are she probably didn't know where she was coming or going either," says Capt. Seals.

Gutierrez told officers her 12-year-old son was at their Kingwood home with the person she lives with but she couldn't remember her roommate's name.

"Certainly we've seen a lot of strange things but this probably on our top ten list," admits Capt. Seals.

Investigators say after Gutierrez failed that field sobriety test she was taken to jail. While chained to a bench she becomes emotional telling her infant daughter, "I don't know if I'll ever see you again."

Child Protective Services has now placed the baby girl and her 12-year-old brother with relatives. Jessica Gutierrez is charged with driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 which is a state jail felony. If convicted she faces two to ten years behind bars. Investigators say this is the second time Gutierrez has been arrested for driving while intoxicated with a child in the car. She's in jail on a $25,000 bond.

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