Breona Watkins 
Broward County Sheriff's Office

It was all a mistake.

That’s what 19-year-old Breona Watkins said in a court appearance on Wednesday after she was arrested when authorities found her baby in the trunk of her car during a traffic stop, CBS News reports.

According to the report, the discovery started out as a routine traffic stop over a broken headlight. However, Watkins did not immediately pull over but drove for about another quarter-mile.

Deputies discovered that in the time it took her to stop, the young mother had asked a 14-year-old passenger to hide the baby in the trunk so that she wouldn’t get a ticket for not having her baby in a car seat.

The authorities did not realize there was a baby in the trunk until they took Watkins to the squad car because she was driving without a license. It was then that deputies heard cries coming from the trunk.

CBS News said that the baby was discovered lying on a pair of large, bush-cutting shears, a rusty metal hanger and a rusted tire iron, among other items. There was also reportedly a used gas can in the trunk, a used fuel pump, plastic bags and other dangerous items.

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Watkins has been slapped with charges ranging from child abuse without great bodily harm and resisting an officer without violence to operating without a valid driver’s license, CBS News notes, and is currently being held on $7,000 bond.

The 19-year-old’s grandmother, who is reportedly seeking custody of the 5-month-old, said that Watkins was a good mother and just didn’t make a great decision on the spur of the moment. The child is currently in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Read more at CBS News.