Fla. woman charged with child abuse says she is a good mom
(WPBF.COM) PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Faced with a charge of child abuse, 32-year-old Bridget Garcia insisted it’s not a reflection of her parenting.
“I’m a great mom and I take care of my kids,” Garcia said moments after bonding out of the St. Lucie County Jail on Tuesday. “I’m a single mother and I do everything I can for them every day.”
Port St. Lucie police arrested Garcia on Monday night near her home on Jordin Avenue. Police said she drove with her 13-year-old son on the hood of her car and when she hit the brakes, he went flying.
“He wanted to come with me, but he wasn’t behaving. So I told him to stay, and he was just out of control,” she said. “He’s 13, so he’s at that age where he wants to do whatever he wants.”
Despite the child’s actions Garcia is still at fault, said police spokesman Frank Sabol.
“The child did act impulsively and foolishly by jumping on the car, but as a mother your first and foremost thought should be for the safety of your child,” Sabol said.
Garcia’s son was upset that she took his phone away and was going to leave him at home alone, police said.
The two argued and then Garcia put her three other kids in the car and stepped on the gas, police said. The teen jumped on the hood of the car just as she was backing out, according to investigators.
Garcia is accused of backing up about 200 feet and then driving her car forward another 200 feet with her son on the hood.
“That’s a lie,” Garcia said.
“By all accounts, the children that were in the car and also the mother herself said that she went about four or five houses before she did stop,” Sabol said.
When Garcia stopped, her son fell to the ground injuring his hip, knee and foot, police said.
Garcia said her son is walking and out of the hospital after only suffering a scrape on his knee.
Sabol said police intend to move forward with the child abuse charge.