A mom in Ozaukee, Wis., north of Milwaukee, has been charged with child endangerment after police say she had her 9-year-old son ride atop her minivan to hold down a plastic pool she was transporting.
According to court documents, Amber Schmunk, 28, was trying to get the pool home in Saukville, Wis., but it wouldn't fit in her vehicle. Police said she "decided to put the pool on top of the minivan, but had no way to strap it down, so she had her child climb on the roof and hold it down while she drove." She also reportedly told officers it was "only for a short time, maybe 20-30 seconds," and that she thought it was OK because her father had "let her do things like that when she was that age."
Here's a puzzler to this report. According to Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV, she also told police that she thought it was safe because she had used a strap to hold the boy down. So if she had a strap, it's hard to understand why she didn't use just the strap, rather than the boy-strap combination.
The report doesn't specify how fast she drove nor how far, other than saying it was within her neighborhood. Police were tipped off by a motorist who was behind her, who raises another puzzle, as the motorist reported watching Schmunk stop to put the child and the supposedly too-big-to-fit pool inside the van.
Schmunk is back in court Nov. 14. If found guilty, she faces a possible 10 years in prison and $25,000 fine.
Wisconsin woman accused of driving with child on minivan roof originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:00:00 EDT.