Toddler Crashes Jeep, Rushes Home to Watch Cartoons
byKaitlin StanfordJul 28, 2014
Photograph by AP
And now for your weird news of the week.
According to the Associated Press, a toddler from Myrtle Creek, Ore., apparently stole a Jeep right out of his parent's driveway, knocked it out of gear and took off down the road, before crashing it into a house. And no, we're not talking about a Power Wheels Jeep here. We're talking about a grown-up sized, full-fledged Jeep — the kind most kids of that size would need help even climbing into, let alone driving away.
Before we get any further, let us get this out of the way: He was totally fine following the crash. So fine, in fact, that he hopped out of the Jeep once it had collided with the house, and ran off down the road towards his home. But the 3-year-old boy wasn't running home to cry to his mom, as you might expect after such a traumatic event.
Authorities arrived at the boy's house shortly after the crash was reported by neighbors, who had dialed 911 as they saw the car rolling toward the house. But when they arrived at the little boy's home, officers were stunned to not only find the boy completely unsupervised, but also clad in only a diaper and watching cartoons on the couch as if nothing had happened. As CNN reports, police officer Kevin Taggart later said the little guy was supposed to be under his mother's watch at the time, though she did not appear to have an eye on him.
What makes this story even crazier is the fact that an officer had knocked on the door to the house before the incident took place, when he saw the little boy sitting in the car by himself. At the time, he warned another relative to keep an eye on the boy,; but apparently that didn't happen either.
Luckily, the boy was unharmed and completely uninjured after his little joy ride. Nonetheless, his mom, 22-year-old Brennan Pennington, was charged with failure to supervise a child.
"We want to encourage parents to remember that children are very crafty in finding ways to get in trouble, and for parents to be very vigilant," Taggart said.