Texas man 'crammed' 10-month-old girl into backpack, left it in trunk of his car for hours killing her: Police

Trevor Marquis Rowe, 27, was charged with capital murder and police believe he knew his actions were 'dangerous to human life'


                            Texas man 'crammed' 10-month-old girl into backpack, left it in trunk of his car for hours killing her: Police
Trevor Marquis Rowe (Lubbock County Detention Center)

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LUBBOCK, TEXAS: A Texas man has been arrested and charged after he admitted to causing the death of his girlfriend's infant daughter by stuffing her in a backpack and putting her in the trunk of his car.

Police received a call from Trevor Marquis Rowe, 27, at around 4:57 pm on Tuesday, January 7, advising that Marion Jester-Montoya, his girlfriend's 10-month-old daughter, was not breathing, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

He said he was at the intersection of 130th Street and Upland Avenue after pulling his Dodge Charge over and was administering CPR on the infant. First responders rushed the girl to University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

During an interview with investigators, Rowe said he had left the child with her mother while the mother slept from 9 to 10 am earlier that day, then picked the child up, and taken her to his job site.

An arrest warrant states he "crammed" Marion into a backpack and placed her in the front passenger floorboard of his car and went to work. 

He told investigators that, when he returned to check on the child, she had gotten out of the backpack, after which he placed her back in the backpack on the floorboard and continued to work until 1 pm.

He said he opened the backpack at around lunchtime and found the 10-month-old lightly crying but breathing. He then drove to a fast-food restaurant, two stores, and returned to work, at which point he put the backpack with the girl into the trunk of the car via a backseat pass-through.

When he came back to check on the child at around 4:50 pm, he found Marion had turned white and was not breathing, after which he drove to 130th Street and Upland Avenue and called EMS.

"Trevor Rowe advised he knew that placing a person into a trunk was dangerous to human life," the warrant states. "Trevor Rowe advised that placing someone into a backpack was even more dangerous."

Rowe has been charged with capital murder in connection to Marion's death and is currently being held at the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $2 million bond.

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