Amber Horn. Photo courtesy of the Flagler County Sheriff's Office

Woman arrested after driving with unsecured infant in front seat

There was a 2-month-old in the front seat, sitting in a car seat that was facing forward — with no restraints. And there was a 3-year-old in the backseat, with no booster or car seat, attempting to put his safety belt on.
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Aug. 13, 2018

A woman who previously received multiple citations for driving with improper child restraints was arrested on Friday, Aug. 10, after a deputy observed her driving, without a seat belt, with an unbuckled toddler in the backseat and an infant in the front seat, according to a charging affidavit by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy spotted 30-year-old Amber Horn, of Palm Coast, driving a black Chevrolet near Rae Drive and Raemoor Drive without a seat belt. After rolling through a stop sign, Horn went westbound on Rymfire Drive. The deputy had to speed up to 65 miles per hour to catch up to Horn in order to conduct a traffic stop.

There was a 3-year-old in the backseat, with no booster or car seat, attempting to put his safety belt on. There was also a 2-month-old in the front seat, sitting in a car seat that was facing forward — with no restraints. In addition, the car seat was not secured properly to the seat, and the adult safety belt was going across the infant’s neck.

Horn told deputies she was “only going down the road to her cousin’s house,” according to the affidavit. She also said she was going to get her license reinstated that day.

Horn’s license was suspended on May 11. She has a total of four previous driving with a suspended license charges dating back to 2010. Her latest citation for driving with improper child restraints was in March 2017.

Horn’s boyfriend, Derwin Bodiford — the father of the infant — arrived on scene and told deputies that he was the one who secured the infant in the car seat. He said he properly secured the infant and had her child restraints all the way on.

The affidavit noted that a 2-month-old is incapable of removing the restraint’s safety latches.

Horn was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license and child neglect.