Mom of the Year? Woman Allegedly Throws Baby into Car to Keep Repo Man Away

Crystal Gardner and her 1-year-old son. (KTVT/KTXA)
Crystal Gardner and her 1-year-old son. (KTVT/KTXA)

DALLAS (CBS/KTVT) Luke Ross, a Dallas-area repo man, has seen people go to extreme lengths to keep him from repossessing their vehicles, but few have gone as far as he says Krystal Gardner did.

Dallas police say the 28-year-old Gardner tossed her one-year-old son through an open window seconds before Ross was about to drive her Ford Expedition away Monday afternoon.

"I open the door and I don't even have the door closed," Ross, who prefers the title recovery agent, told CBS affiliate KTVT. "I put the key in and start it. I look out of the corner of my eye and I see a baby fly through the window."

The next thing Ross says he sees is a shotgun, allegedly wielded by an angry 15-year-old who came charging out of the house after Gardner. The boy allegedly fired once in the air and then shot at Ross, grazing him in the leg.

Police arrived at the scene and arrested Gardner and the teen. The uninjured baby was removed, for placement with his father.

Gardner was charged with endangering a child. The 15-year-old who lives in Gardner's house and allegedly fired the shotgun was also arrested and has been charged with a juvenile charge of aggravated assault.

Meanwhile, Ross successfully repossessed the Expedition and walked away with minor injuries.

"It's not worth taking someone's life over a car. We're just guys out here trying to make a living," Ross told KTVT. "But I'm lucky that I make it home every day."