A 29-year-old Meridian mother is facing felony injury to child and other charges in connection with alleged crimes that authorities say occurred in late September, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s office.
Megan S. Souza was booked into the Ada County Jail on Thursday. She was scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon.
In addition to the injury to a child charge, Souza is also facing misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.
A woman contacted the sheriff’s office on Sept. 25 about concerns for the safety and living conditions of Souza’s 2-month-old daughter, according to sheriff’s spokesman Patrick Orr.
Detectives began investigating, and they say they developed evidence that Souza drank a “significant amount of alcohol” in the early morning hours of Sept. 24. Another concerned woman told authorities she heard Souza’s baby crying that day.
“That person told detectives Souza was visibly intoxicated, had the baby sitting on her lap, the keys in the ignition, and was getting ready to drive away,” Orr said.
The woman confronted Souza and took the baby out of her lap before she drove away, investigators say.
Hours later, Souza is alleged to have returned home without her car, shoes, jacket or purse. Meridian Police found her heavily damaged car in a nearby ditch.
Deputies created a plan with the family to ensure the safety of the infant while they investigated this case. Prosecutors issued a warrant for Souza on Tuesday, Nov. 14. She was found and arrested Thursday.