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Truck tows car with baby inside; parents charged with abuse, neglect

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According to court documents read by Judge Don Arnold at the Monday arraignment of Gonzolo Campos-Molina and Violeta Arroyo on charges of felony child abuse, the couple said they left their child in the care of someone.  When asked who, the couple said they could not remember.  Then, both told police a different name for the person supposedly watching their baby.

Bobby Ferguson, from Cut Rate Towing found the baby.  He said no one was around when he towed the vehicle and discovered the infant.

"My wife noticed that there was an infant baby in the passenger side and she screamed.  I stopped and looked, and there he was.  We called 911.  He was just sitting there in the front seat," said Ferguson.

Johnson City Police Captain Gerald Harrell said a lock-jaw was used to get the baby out.  Captain Harrell also said the baby was completely alone in the vehicle.

"The vehicle was locked.  It wasn't running.  The temperature at the time was around the upper 30's to lower 40's.  We called D.C.S. out," said Captain Harrell.

Captain Harrell said the case is still under investigations and it could result in more charges.  

The couple is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.  Their next court date is set for April 30, 2013.


A Washington County, Tennessee judge said a baby was left in a car that was towed by a tow truck service in Johnson City. The judge said the tow truck driver later found a baby in the car.

The child's parents are Gonzolo Campos-Molina and Violeta A. Arroyo, who now face charges of abuse and neglect after being arrested in Johnson City Sunday night around 10:30 p.m.


An incident in downtown Johnson City has landed a man and woman behind bars.

Johnson City Police say Gonzolo Campos-Molina, 22, and Violeta A. Arroyo, 24, were taken into custody Sunday night around 10:30 p.m. after authorities obtained warrants for their arrests.

Both were charged with child abuse and neglect. Their arrests allegedly stems from an incident that happened earlier in the day in downtown Johnson City around 2:00 a.m. The details of that incident are not available to the public at this time.

Campos-Molina and Arroyo were taken to the Washington County Detention Center and are being held on $10,000 bond.

They are set to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

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