By Roger Croteau - Express-News
Tonya Renee Martin, 41, was arrested without incident and charged with aggravated assault. She was being transported from Austin to the Comal County jail Friday afternoon.
Balantac was able to speak to deputies for a short time before losing consciousness, and told them Martin was the one who beat her, Reynolds said. Investigators then realized Jewel was missing and issued an Amber Alert.
Balantac remains hospitalized in serious condition.
“He had no idea that police were searching for them,” Reynolds said of the driver. “He was not charged with anything and he led police right to them.”
Klein was turned over to the Austin Child Advocacy Center, which will work with Child Protective Services to place her, either with family or in foster care.
Martin was charged in 2003 with abandonment/endangerment of a child, a second degree felony. She was fined $1,000 and given four years probation.