A 3-year-old boy wearing a diaper knocked a Jeep out of gear and crashed it into a neighbor’s house, and then promptly deserted the accident scene to go home and watch cartoons, ABC News reported
Brennan Pennington, the boy’s mother, was cited by police with failing to properly supervise her child.
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Police were reportedly at the residence in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, twice on Tuesday last week, the first time after noticing the boy sitting in the car by himself for about five minutes, ABC News said. When they asked the child where his parents were, he apparently said they weren’t home and a relative was inside asleep.
Police, who talked to the relative, said the boy had the car keys and the Jeep wasn’t locked, ABC reported. That was about 9 a.m.
At 7:30 p.m., the police were back at the house after the boy managed to roll the car down the street, across an intersection, and into a neighbor’s house. Quoting a police log, ABC said a 911 caller saw the crash and “saw the boy run from the Jeep wearing only a diaper.”
By the time police officer Kevin Taggart got there, the boy “bailed out and ran back home, and when the officer arrived at the house [the boy] was sprawled out on the couch watching cartoons like it was just another day,” Taggart told ABC.
KPTV talked with Pennington, who said the incident was an accident
and that she had been in the bathroom when her son ran outside.
She also told KPTV that the Jeep Wrangler was a manual transmission parked on an incline; the child knocked it out of gear.
Comments on the KPTV story ranged from criticizing the mother’s parenting to standing up for her because it’s hard to watch a toddler 24/7. Some went off-topic, wondering why a 3-year-old was in diapers.
“Take your eyes off a toddler for just a second and they are gone...No ones fault,a huge mistake that could have been worse!!! Some of these comments,I think are from a diapered three year old!!!” one person wrote.
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