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Woman Allegedly Made Wet Nephew Ride In Trunk Of Lexus [nanny state gets involved]
CBS Minnesota ^ | September 19, 2012

Posted on 09/19/2012 1:48:05 PM PDT by grundle

EDINA, Minn. (WCCO) – An Edina woman is accused of making her 11-year-old nephew ride in the trunk of her Lexus so he wouldn’t get her car’s leather seats wet.

The boy had just been on a water ride at Valleyfair, according to the criminal complaint.

Thirty-eight-year-old Susan McCarty has been charged with child endangerment.

Witnesses called police who pulled her over.

Police say she admitted putting her nephew in the trunk because he was soaking wet and she didn’t want him on her leather seats. According to the complaint, the boy was warned inside Valleyfair that if he continued to go on water rides, he would have to ride in the trunk.

The boy’s sister told police he seemed excited about riding in the trunk and confirmed that she was the one who closed the trunk, once he was inside.

She also told them the back seat console had been folded down, leaving a hole approximately the size of a piece of paper, so the boy could get some air.

She said when he told her he was getting warm in the trunk, the air vents were adjusted to aim directly at the console hole.

The girl said she and her grandma, who was also riding in the car, had a somewhat uneasy feeling about her brother riding in the trunk but did not question the decision made by her aunt.

McCarty faces up to a year in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted.


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Putting the boy in the trunk was a bad idea. But giving the aunt a year in prison would cause far more harm to the boy than being in the trunk would cause.
1 posted on 09/19/2012 1:48:11 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

She should have known the inevitable results. I guess she figured she could get away with it.

She didn’t.


2 posted on 09/19/2012 1:51:37 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: grundle

The better solution would have been.....No water rides for you.....OR....Bring extra clothes....OR...stay home. The aunt is a dumb twit...


3 posted on 09/19/2012 1:52:17 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: grundle
I'm with the cops on this one. Putting a kid in a trunk during a warm weather month is potentially life-threatening.

That said, for a first offense and with the kid OK, I doubt she will do any time.

4 posted on 09/19/2012 1:55:08 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: grundle

I hope they never find out about the few hundred miles I put on in the back of a pickup truck fifty years ago or so. It was how we cooled off on summer evenings back then. Dirt roads were our favorite. Lots of bouncing.


5 posted on 09/19/2012 1:55:10 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: Sacajaweau

If she’s the same Susan McCarty who used to live in my neighborhood, you’re right, she IS a dumb twit.


6 posted on 09/19/2012 1:55:57 PM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply!")
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To: grundle
McCarty faces up to a year in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted.

Ridiculous.

7 posted on 09/19/2012 1:57:04 PM PDT by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: grundle

Ever hear of a towel?


8 posted on 09/19/2012 1:58:06 PM PDT by RPTMS
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To: TheDon

I don’t think she’ll get that much, probably probation at the most.


9 posted on 09/19/2012 2:00:11 PM PDT by RPTMS
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To: grundle

There is no situation so bad that government cannot make much, much worse.


10 posted on 09/19/2012 2:10:50 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: grundle

If your car is more important that your nephew, you are a first-class IDIOT!


11 posted on 09/19/2012 2:11:20 PM PDT by kimchi lover ("I can see November from Wisconsin")
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To: grundle

Perhaps it’s now illegal to ride in the rumble seat of a pre-WWII car.


12 posted on 09/19/2012 2:17:02 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: grundle
She said when he told her he was getting warm in the trunk, the air vents were adjusted to aim directly at the console hole.

A couple of months ago I was rear-ended at a red light. Car ended up totalled, but I was able to unbuckle my seat belt and walk away. The odds of doing that if I'd been forced into the trunk are somewhat less.

Unless you're Joe Pesci and someone has told you to go get your shoe-shine box, you have no business putting anyone in the trunk of a car.
13 posted on 09/19/2012 2:21:55 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: grundle
Edina is one of the ritziest neighborhoods in the Twin Cities Metro. Methinks she will get off with a warning.

Cheers!

14 posted on 09/19/2012 2:25:15 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grundle

stupid is forever


15 posted on 09/19/2012 2:25:58 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: muir_redwoods

very different than inside a trunk


16 posted on 09/19/2012 2:26:55 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster
very different than inside a trunk

Under the conditions described in this story? What utter nonsense.

FReepers are starting to sound like nannystaters. It's pathetic.

17 posted on 09/19/2012 2:33:41 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: grundle

How long is the ride from Vanity Fair to Edina.... 2 minutes...2 hours?


18 posted on 09/19/2012 2:36:48 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: grundle

She should have put the boy on the roof like Mitt’s dog!!! ;^)


19 posted on 09/19/2012 2:46:16 PM PDT by Solar Wind
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To: grundle

And how would water harm leather? The host animals probably were left out in the rain a lot.


20 posted on 09/19/2012 2:48:17 PM PDT by OldEagle
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To: Cementjungle
When I was 13 and 14, we used to ride around in the trunk of the car often. You get air. I understand the problem about getting rear-ended. Thankfully, that never happened to us, but otherwise, I don't understand what the big deal is.

We used to try to sneak into the drive in movie in the trunk as well. You see people put in the trunk all the time in the movies and TV shows.

21 posted on 09/19/2012 2:54:11 PM PDT by usflagwaver
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To: Nifster

Well, you aced that quiz


22 posted on 09/19/2012 2:55:42 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Hopey changey Low emission unicorns and a crap sandwich)
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To: usflagwaver

My dad used to fix up old cars as a hobby, and I recall often riding in the rumble seats of those old things when I was a kid. Getting rear-ended in a rumble seat would have been bad too I guess.


23 posted on 09/19/2012 3:00:46 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: grundle

Were this done to me when I was 11, I’d have an easy choice for Favorite Aunt!


24 posted on 09/19/2012 3:16:19 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: grundle

A better solution would be to just cut the kid’s water rides off at the right point... he’s not in charge, she is. Or he could walk home.


25 posted on 09/19/2012 3:21:20 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Talisker

Maybe so. Most states have laws that require all children under a certain age to wear seat belts. Maybe that is nanny-statism as well, maybe you should have a right to drive with your kids unbelted. He certainly was unbelted.

A trunk is not protected in an accident, most modern cars are built to use the trunk as a crumple-zone to protect the passengers. Putting a kid in the trunk was certainly a risk to the child.

The questions are, does the government have ANY business at all making ANY laws to protect children from being put in harmful situations by adults; and if SO, how do you draw the line to determine if something is “harmful enough” to be covered under the law.

Not sure whether you are in the first group. If so, nothing I say will make sense to you. You know you are in the first group if you’d let the adult allow the kid to ride on the roof of the car.

If not, you are in the second group, and we could ask — what is the most dangerous way to ride in the car would you allow before making it illegal? Would you let the kid ride on the roof if he was tied down? In the trunk? Hanging out the window? In the back seat with no seat belt?

I find most people do want to draw a line, and the argument is over where the line is drawn.


26 posted on 09/19/2012 4:31:52 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: grundle

Shoot, that’s how we used to get into the drive-in theater.


27 posted on 09/19/2012 4:39:58 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
A couple of months ago I was rear-ended at a red light. Car ended up totalled, but I was able to unbuckle my seat belt and walk away. The odds of doing that if I'd been forced into the trunk are somewhat less.

Unless you're Joe Pesci and someone has told you to go get your shoe-shine box, you have no business putting anyone in the trunk of a car.

I agree with you.

28 posted on 09/19/2012 4:45:30 PM PDT by grundle
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