A Fort Worth man who handed his child to a trooper before fleeing on foot Saturday near Bangs remained Monday in the Brown County Jail on multiple charges including child abandonment.
    Felix Ajaegbu, 26, was also charged with four counts of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, fleeing police, unlawful carrying of a weapon, possession of marijuana and failure to identify as a fugitive, jail records state. Ajaegbu’s bonds total $235,000.
    Trooper Martin Molotsky, who ended up holding 17-month-old Arianna Ajaegbu as trooper Michael Sams started to arrest Ajaegbu, described the events that started around 3:15 p.m.
    Sams stopped Ajaegbu’s vehicle about 2.5 miles west of Bangs on U.S. Highway 67 because Ajaegbu was driving slow in the left lane.
    Molotsky rolled up to assist, and Ajaegbu consented to a search of his vehicle. Sams located items including marijuana, Xanax, ecstasy, mushrooms, codeine cough syrup and $500 in counterfeit money. Ajaegbu also had a loaded handgun in his child’s diaper bag, Molotsky said.
    Ajaegbu handed Molotsky the child and fled on foot, eluding a search by several law enforcement officers. Ajaegbu made it to a home 1.5 miles away, where he told a man he had a flat and needed a ride.
    But the man saw numerous law enforcement vehicles and called 9-1-1 to ask if officers were looking for someone. Sams drove to the home on County Road 177 and took Ajaegbu into custody. Ajaegbu told officers he had been visiting family in San Angelo and was returning to Fort Worth.
    Arianna drank a full bottle of water at the scene and was taken to the Brownwood DPS office, where troopers bought a child’s meal from Golden Chick. She ate chicken strips and a chocolate chip cookie, but didn’t care for the mac-and-cheese, Molotsky said.
    “She’s a sweet little baby,” Molotsky said.
    Troopers released Arianna to her mother after the woman arrived from Forth Worth. CPS representatives also arrived and will open a case, Molotsky said.