Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Mom Puts Daughter Inside Cardboard Box On Top of Van To Keep Box From Blowing Off.
Ala. woman lets daughter ride in cardboard box on top of van while driving on state highway
Oct 05 2009
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — An Alabama woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after police say she let her daughter ride in a cardboard box on top of their van. Albertville Police spokesman Sgt. Jamie Smith said the 37-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after police received a call about a minivan on a state highway with a child riding on top.
Probably not the real mom but is a reasonable facsimile>>>>>>>>>
Smith said the woman told police the box was too big to go inside the van, and that her daughter was inside the box to hold it down. "Why hell yes I told her she could ride up there. If not it would have blowed away and that was a perfectly good box, clean with no holes or nothing." said the woman.
Smith said the mother told officers it was safe for her daughter because she had the box secured to the van with a clothes hanger.
The 13-year-old daughter wasn't harmed and was turned over to a relative. A jail worker said the mother was out on bond Monday.
On release from custody the mother demanded the return of her box. Smith said no one involved with the arrest or the towing of the van to the police lot knew what had happened to it. He said the department would send out a wrecker to look for the box because it was too large to fit inside a police cruiser.
Contributing to this story from Stockholm, Sweden was Olaf Ericson.