Geez, You Can’t Even Put Your Kid In A Box For A Ride On Top Of The Car Anymore


Often I write about laws and regulations that are intended to help parents decide what is right for their child because sometimes these laws overstep boundaries.  There was a story a while ago about a woman who was arrested for leaving her sleeping toddler in the car while she walked with her other daughter to donate change to a Salvation Army bell-ringer less than 50 feet away.  I, like many others, couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps the police overstepped their boundaries in that case –  it was probably traumatic for all those kids to have to watch their mother getting taken away by the police in handcuffs.  I wish that parents nowadays could just be trusted to do what is best for their children – but then there are people like this woman from Alabama:

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after police say she let her daughter ride in a cardboard box on top of their van. Albertville Police spokesman Sgt. Jamie Smith said the 37-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after police received a call about a minivan on a state highway with a child riding on top.

Smith said the woman told police the box was too big to go inside the van, and that her daughter was inside the box to hold it down.

Smith said the mother told officers it was safe because she had the box secured to the van with a clothes hanger.

The 13-year-old daughter wasn’t harmed and was turned over to a relative. A jail worker said the mother was out on bond Monday.

Thank goodness the child was not physically hurt.

3 thoughts on “Geez, You Can’t Even Put Your Kid In A Box For A Ride On Top Of The Car Anymore”

  1. yes… thank goodness for that. I wonder if someone surfing on top of a moving hardware store van would be inappropriate 😉 sorry, bad taste

  2. I just can’t believe the stupidity of some people. A box with a child in it, secured with a coat hanger? I’m glad the child wasn’t hurt, but the mother should be taken in for a psych eval.

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