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6-year-old takes family car after missing bus
Yahoo News ^ | 1/6/09 | AP writer

Posted on 01/07/2009 5:52:34 AM PST by Former Fetus

WICOMICO CHURCH, Va. – A 6-year-old Virginia boy who missed his bus tried to drive to school in his family's sedan — and crashed. His parents were charged with child endangerment. State police said the boy suffered only minor injuries and authorities drove him to school after he was evaluated at a local hospital for a bump on his head. He arrived shortly after lunch, Sgt. Tom Cunningham said.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News
KEYWORDS: breakfast; neglect; underagedriver
He did not want to miss breakfast

LOL! My 13 year old son has been known for setting up some very elaborate plots to SKIP a meal. I cannot imagine having a child who loves to eat so much! Then, I cannot imagine staying in bed while your child gets up, gets dressed and goes to meet the school bus.

Am I the only one who thinks that charging the parents with child endangerment and taking both children into protective custody is going too far? I mean, I would love to have a few words with a mother who can stay in bed while her child is getting ready for school. That probably explains why he wanted breakfast so much. But child endangement????

1 posted on 01/07/2009 5:52:35 AM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus
Get on the bus, Gus!
Make a new plan, Stan!
2 posted on 01/07/2009 5:54:50 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Former Fetus

“””He was very intent on getting to school,” said Northumberland County Sheriff Chuck Wilkins. “When he got out of the car, he started walking to school. He did not want to miss breakfast and PE.”

His parents, Jacqulyn Deana Waltman, 26, and David Eugene Dodson, 40, are each charged with child endangerment, Wilkins said. Waltman is being held without bond. Dodson was released on a $5,000 bond.

It was not clear if they had attorneys.

The boy and his 4-year-old brother were placed in protective custody.

“This really is a story of miracles,” Wilkins said. “The Lord was with him, along with everybody else on the highway.”””


3 posted on 01/07/2009 5:56:36 AM PST by iowamark
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To: Former Fetus
I cannot imagine staying in bed while your child gets up, gets dressed and goes to meet the school bus.

My sisters and I did it as soon as we were old enough to get ourselves up and around for school by ourselves.

Granted we weren't 6 years old but I suspect we were doing it by the time I was 10 years old. We were just a product of the modern 1970s world. Both parents were working different shifts etc. However we did sit down for meals as a family.
4 posted on 01/07/2009 5:58:36 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Former Fetus

It’s VA...


5 posted on 01/07/2009 5:59:26 AM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: iowamark
“This really is a story of miracles,” Wilkins said. “The Lord was with him, along with everybody else on the highway.”””

I wonder if the Lord intended for them to be arrested.

6 posted on 01/07/2009 6:00:12 AM PST by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Former Fetus

Lads these days are taking things into their own hands more and more it seems. Wasn’t there a thread just a day or two ago about a 4 yr old that took a pistol and shot the baby sitter after she stepped on his foot?


7 posted on 01/07/2009 6:01:28 AM PST by deport
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To: cripplecreek
Both parents were working different shifts

I didn't think of that possibility, but the key word is "different". I bet both your parents did not work night shifts and left you and your sister unattended. I tend to think that this is likely a minority family and the parents too sorry to get up. But I am not ready to call it child endangerment.

8 posted on 01/07/2009 6:05:02 AM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

When I was 3, I put our brand new ‘86 Honda Civic in neutral, and it rolled down our steep driveway. Luckily, for me, no one was driving down the street. Not-so-lucky for my neighbor, whose brown VW Hippie Van was parked across the street from our driveway. My mother was doing the laundry, and I was feeling quite curious, I guess. I wonder had this been today if they would’ve locked her up and thrown me into foster care.


9 posted on 01/07/2009 6:07:45 AM PST by ERJCaptain
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To: cripplecreek

My sister and I not only got ourselves up and dressed at 7 & 8, we also made breakfast and lunch for ourselves and Dad. We did chores when we got home and switched off cooking dinner and doing dishes too. Mom worked two jobs.


10 posted on 01/07/2009 6:08:12 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: Former Fetus
"The boy told police he learned to drive playing Grand Theft Auto and Monster Truck Jam video games."

Grand Theft Auto
11 posted on 01/07/2009 6:08:47 AM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: Former Fetus

It was a different world then too. Also, we grew up in the country or very small towns and didn’t face a lot of the dangers city kids face.


12 posted on 01/07/2009 6:13:53 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Former Fetus

I like his attitude and gumption. Quite a challenge to mold that without squelching it.


13 posted on 01/07/2009 6:14:01 AM PST by DManA
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To: Dallas59

Sheriff Wilkins is lucky that this kid’s parents did not have any guns in the house, at least not within his reach!


14 posted on 01/07/2009 6:19:06 AM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus
Am I the only one who thinks that charging the parents with child endangerment and taking both children into protective custody is going too far?

I do think the parents should be charged with something. Why in the world would the mom of a 6 year old be in bed sleeping while all this was going on? Because she's neglectful, that's why.

As to the kids being taken away, that depends. How reliable is dad, and can he take over the 'kid' duties until they get mom straightened out? If he's not completely different from mom, then I'd say the kids need to be given to someone who actually cares.

15 posted on 01/07/2009 6:22:51 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: DManA

It’s very encouraging that at least the kid was trying to go to school!

By the time he is a teenager, the educational bureacracy, teacher’s unions, and force-fed political correctness will have removed any remaining desire for the kid has for a public-school education.


16 posted on 01/07/2009 6:22:51 AM PST by PGR88
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To: PGR88

They probably had him on drugs before he went to bed that night.


17 posted on 01/07/2009 6:26:13 AM PST by DManA
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It’s very encouraging that at least the kid was trying to go to school!

Read the article. He didn't want to miss breakfast and PE! Hardly a Nobel laureate in the making.

18 posted on 01/07/2009 6:33:29 AM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

Nobody else seems to have noticed that this boy (and the 4-year-old, too?) was apparently not going to be offered breakfast at home.


19 posted on 01/07/2009 7:01:31 AM PST by Tax-chick (Tax-chick's House of Herpets: Instruction in Greek, Spanish, and Parseltongue. FReepmail today!)
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To: Former Fetus
Read the article. He didn't want to miss breakfast and PE! Hardly a Nobel laureate in the making.

He's six. I think that is typical.

I stopped getting my oldest son ready for school the morning after he demanded I find his socks. I didn't care for his attitude. For a few months, I made sure he got up on time, would check that he was actually getting ready to go, and listen for him to leave. He was very responsible kid and only missed his bus once in years.

My younger son is 10 and he would never make it to school by himself. Last year, I overslept one time. It is usually dark when he gets up, but the child woke up, saw that it was full daylight and just assumed it was a snow day (there was NO snow outside). I found him happily wrapped in a blanket, watching tv, an hour after school started.

20 posted on 01/07/2009 7:09:22 AM PST by Dianna (<i>)
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To: Former Fetus
When I was 30 years old, I had 5 children, and I was used to taking them all to church in the morning. It was quite a chore, but it usually worked out well. I had a 6 month old baby to get ready too. On one special morning, My 5 hear old ,Bobby, just played around and did nothing to help dress himself, and I was a bit angry when I saw him with an airplane running around.

I was a bit stressed out and I told Bobby that I was leaving him at home with his father. He just looked sad, and said not a word. My big surprise was when the 11:00 AM service began, Bobby walked into the church and sat down beside me with a very big smile on his face, and I said “how did you get here?” He told me that he hitch hiked to church for 2 miles. His shoes were untied, his white shirt was buttoned crookedly. His tie was sort of wrapped around his neck, but he was so proud that he made it. I was stricken with fear, for I realized that a bad thing could have happened to my precious son. I gently tied his shoes, rebuttoned his shirt, and tied his tie. All of his clothing was neatly pressed. 44 years have now passed, and in all of the years that have passed, nothing has touched my heart as much as my child, who wanted so much to be in church

21 posted on 01/07/2009 7:13:41 AM PST by tessalu
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To: Former Fetus
When police caught up with the boy, shortly after his accident, the child told officers he learned how to drive by playing Grand Theft Auto and Monster Truck Jam.
22 posted on 01/07/2009 7:27:46 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: deport

Lads these days are taking things into their own hands/parenting or tv who knows?


23 posted on 01/07/2009 8:05:08 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Former Fetus; MEGoody; Tax-chick; Dianna

Given that the mother is being held WITHOUT BAIL, I think you can safely assume there was major, major child endangerment/neglect going on in this home. When I read the initial reports yesterday, my first thought was that the child was desperate to get to school because that’s the only place he gets food. Seems I was right. Sadly, this is the case with many thousands of children in this country, whose drug/alcohol-addicted parents simply don’t feed them. This is why so many schools have these free breakfast programs, because experience has shown that a huge number of kids in some schools are unable to learn because they arrive hungry in the morning and don’t get any food until lunchtime, often having not eaten since lunchtime the previous day (or longer, on Mondays).

I think the poor kid had no trouble figuring out that attempting to rouse his useless mother and get her to drive him to school in time to get fed, would be a futile effort. And I don’t believe for a second that “sleeping” accurately describes the condition police found this woman in.

Responsible parents who have fallen on hard times or become overwhelmed will ask for help before they’ll let their kids starve. The parents who just neglect their kids because they care about their drugs more than their kids, should be locked up for a few years of hard labor, spayed/neutered, and be prohibited from ever having children in their care again.

Just after Christmas, there was a case in Pennsylvania where a 3 year old boy was found in his home with his father (mom was in jail) with severe caustic burns on his legs and genitals, caused by a diaper that appeared not to have been changed in a month or more. The boy was in the hospital in CRITICAL condition with these burns. And sadly, I can guarantee that this father will go free again, with his reproductive system intact (even though it sounds like his poor little son’s reproductive system will never be intact again). http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28393092/


24 posted on 01/07/2009 8:28:50 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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Just after Christmas, there was a case in Pennsylvania where a 3 year old boy was found in his home with his father (mom was in jail) with severe caustic burns on his legs and genitals, caused by a diaper that appeared not to have been changed in a month or more.

And people wonder why God made hell.

25 posted on 01/07/2009 8:49:38 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: MEGoody

I worry that it may have been made partly for people like us, who allow this sort of thing to go on right under our noses, and largely with our tax money.


26 posted on 01/07/2009 9:35:12 AM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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