ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque police are searching for 34-year-old James Moquino who they say left the scene of an accident after a baby was thrown from the car.
Moquino has an active felony warrant for his arrest, the reason police think he fled from the scene.
Police say Moquino was with 36-year-old Georgette Vigil when she lost control of a white SUV heading west on I-40 near Wyoming.
Vigil’s daughter, who is nearly 2-years-old, was thrown from the SUV while still in her car seat.
After hitting a cement wall, police say Vigil took off in the damaged SUV, leaving the girl there. They say Moquino bolted on foot.
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Police tracked Georgette Vigil to her apartment near Central and Wyoming, just a couple miles from the crash scene.
It’s unclear where the toddler landed on the interstate, or who found her, but she had minor injuries, some cuts.
While at the apartment, police also found Vigil’s 4-year-old daughter, who was in the car during the accident.
According to officers, Vigil appeared to have been drinking.
Both kids are expected to be OK.
KRQE News 13 learned the 22-month-old has been taken into CYFD custody, while the older girl is with family.
KRQE News 13 has also learned that Vigil does clerical work for Superior Ambulance Company. She was taken to the hospital with a cut on her forehead. Vigil has a string of arrests on her record from the Santa Clara Pueblo near Espanola – mainly for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. She also has a 2012 child abuse charge.
Vigil remains in the hospital.