$2M bond for man charged with capital murder after girlfriend's daughter, stuffed in backpack, died in car

LUBBOCK, Texas — A Texas man was arrested and charged with capital murder on Wednesday morning, Jan. 8 for the death of a child on Tuesday.

An arrest warrant said Trevor Rowe, 27, killed Marion Jester-Montoya, under the age of 1, by “confining her in a backpack, inside a vehicle, for an extended period.”

The warrant said Rowe is not the father of the child but was dating her mother. The warrant said he took Marion to his job site at 130th Street and Upland Avenue and then left her in a backpack on the floorboard of a car.

At some point, he discovered that she got out of the backpack. He put her back in. By lunchtime, he checked on her and found she was “lightly crying but breathing.” He then went to a fast-food drive-thru. He also went to two stores.

After lunch, the warrant said he placed the backpack into the trunk of the car with Marion inside. Just before 5 p.m., he checked on her, and she was not breathing.

He called 911 and began CPR.

“He knew that placing a person into a trunk was dangerous to human life,” the warrant said. “Rowe advised that placing someone into a backpack was even more dangerous.”

Rowe was held Wednesday on a $2 million bond.

Family members have created a Facebook donation page.