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Wednesday
Oct262011

5-Year-Old Gets Behind the Wheel To Search for Mom

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(MANSFIELD, Ohio) -- When Ameleah Kegly got off the school bus Monday afternoon, her mother was not there to pick her up.  The 5-year-old walked herself to the family’s home in Mansfield, Ohio, but mom Christina Hunter, 31, was not there either.

So the girl waited at home, alone.  Three hours later, when her mom had still not arrived, Ameleah took matters into her own hands. She grabbed the keys at about 7 p.m. and got behind the wheel of the family’s black SUV to search for her mom.

She turned the headlights on and put the key in the ignition but, failing to turn the ignition completely on, she rolled the car backward down the driveway and right into the neighbor’s yard.

Realizing the trouble she was in, Ameleah got out of the car and called 911.

“Um, my mom’s car backed out on accident and I need the police to pull my mom’s car back in,” she told the dispatcher.  “The car is staying on running now you got to get here quick, my mom is going to be pissed at me.”

Mansfield police officer Ryan Grimshaw arrived at the family’s home to find Ameleah unharmed, but scared.

“I just found a little girl standing in the doorway by herself on the phone,” he told the Mansfield News Journal.  “She was scared, but she opened up pretty quickly. She said she came home from school and no one was there. She said she had been playing with her two cats and that she was hungry, so I made her some pizza rolls and gave her a juice box. She was pretty happy about that.”

What Ameleah and Grimshaw didn’t know at the time was that the girl’s mother, Hunter, had been taken by ambulance to a local hospital earlier in the day for an undisclosed ailment.

Released from the hospital late Monday, Hunter told officials she had asked Ameleah’s father, Aaron Kegley, 26, to take care of their daughter after school. Kegley says he never received that message.

Mansfield police did not file charges against Hunter or Kegley, but the county’s Department of Children Services is looking into the incident.

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Friday
Oct142011

4-Year-Old Joyrides Mom’s Car

Photodisc/Thinkstock(FULLERTON, Calif.) -- A 4-year-old California boy got behind the wheel of his mom’s SUV and went on a wild ride after she left him unattended in the car.

The boy, whose name has been withheld by police, was traveling with his mom around 4 p.m. Thursday when she pulled over to the Summit House restaurant in Fullerton, Calif.

While his 27-year-old mom got out of the car to use a pay phone, the nimble toddler unbuckled his car seat, jumped behind the wheel, put the vehicle in gear and sped away, police said.

He managed to sideswipe another vehicle, cross into oncoming traffic, roll the car over, see it land back on its tires and just keep driving. The boy drove about a third of a mile in all before the car hit trees and came to a stop.

“We’re still investigating how all this happened,” Sgt. Andrew Goodrich of the Fullerton Police Department said.

No bystanders or fellow drivers were hurt, and police said the child sustained minor to moderate injuries. The SUV was badly damaged.

“He was very fortunate,” said Goodrich.

The Fullerton Police Department’s traffic unit and family crimes detectives are investigating the accident, the Orange County Register reports.

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