UPDATE: Couple Arrested After 6-Year-Old Tries To Drive To School

A Virginia couple has been arraigned after their 6-year-old son crashed the family car while trying to drive himself to school.

The two are facing one count each of felony child endangerment.

The Commonwealth's Attorney said the parents have a "number of problems" that keep them from being able to care for their children.

Police say the boy drove a Ford Taurus about six miles Monday after missing the school bus. They say he weaved in and out of traffic and crossed a river bridge before crashing into a utility pole. He wasn't seriously injured.

Authorities say the boy also took the family car for a drive last year.

The boy's mother remains jailed. The father has been released on bond. The boy and his 4-year-old brother are in protective custody.


A 6-year-old Virginia boy who missed his bus tried to drive to school in his family's sedan and crashed.

State police say the boy suffered only minor injuries and authorities drove him to school after he was evaluated at a local hospital.

Sgt. Tom Cunningham says the boy arrived shortly after lunch. It happened around 7:40 a.m. Monday on Route 360, about 61 miles east of Richmond.

Police say the boy, who wasn't identified, missed the bus, took the keys to his family's 2005 Ford Taurus and drove 10 miles toward school while his mother was asleep.

He ran off the road several times before hitting an embankment and utility pole about a mile and a half from school.

Police say he wasn't wearing a safety belt.

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  • by digusted with hypocrites on Jan 15, 2009 at 03:43 PM
    All this "I can't believe such bad parenting actually goes on; and someone has to be accountable" crap. People we are the ones responsible for the way children are being raised. We have let the family structure go to hell in a handbasket. Then we sit back and pontificate and offer up crap. How many parents are neglecting their children right now by sitting at the computer playing games or chatting up with other people. How many parents really do sit down and take the time to help their child with that difficult homework. How many parents are offering up loving relationships as an example of what a good marriage looks like. We have babies making babies because the family role-models (loving parents) are becoming more extinct by the minute. Really how many husbands and wives are loving and working together in marriages today? There are so many broken homes today this happening should not surprise any of us. Straighten out your own homes first before casting stones.
  • by ME Location: Wilson on Jan 13, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    A classic case of bad parenting and people who should't and don't deserve to have children
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jan 12, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    WOLFGANG...xoxoxo...for missing me but I kind of like the new boring mundane WITN. WITN didn't play fair when they continually let me be attacked and then wouldn't post one of my 9 responses. Even though I am the number one female on this site...I also take the title as second and third... since no female can compare to me. But there is hope.... Stephanie from Greenville....< I love her post. Now to say something about this topic so it wont look like it's all about me lol.... as some have suggested... where was daddy? It is always so convenient to blame mom. She didn't make this child on her own and he shouldn't be her responsibility alone. But Cactus said it best..... now back to your boring WITN!
  • by Just me Location: plymouth on Jan 12, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    I agree with Caring Parent. I used to walk to my grandmother's house all the time after school and during the week end. But then again times aren't like they were then. You can't trust your child alone because you can't trust other people. You have to watch and make sure they get on that bus. If the parents have a "number of problems" where they can't raise and protect their children then they need to be with someone else - before it is too late.
  • by T Location: Washington on Jan 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM
    What are the problems they are having that keep them from getting the child off to school. The four year old will be driving next.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jan 12, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    This is the SECOND time. I wonder what the 4 yr old will do next. Was that dad at work already?
  • by Mary Location: NC on Jan 12, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    Sounds like the parents left him alone at home and more than most. If the child services found more reasons to show neglect they also must have found something else at the home that was harmful. Driving to school for a child is wrong, but I highly doubt that is the only reason the kids were taken out of the home. Look how many children steal thier parents car and drive away. They get to come back home, thier is more to it than this.
  • by a mom and teacher on Jan 12, 2009 at 03:16 AM
    i interpret this as a child that loves school, and things must be pretty bad at home. I have had a student that should have been taken away from home...there was abuse, etc. he loved school that if he missed the bus, or just went outside when it was light, he would walk...and it was 4 miles. some parents picked him up, as well as teachers on the way to school. we were able to get him taken out of the home, and cared for with a foster family. what children have to live with...they don't ask for it. I do believe that angels have a hand in looking out for them.
  • by TK Location: Illinois on Jan 11, 2009 at 09:43 PM
    I'd like to give props to the 6 year old for being proactive and determined to get to school! I am just glad that no one was severely injured in this incident and hope for a bright future for these children.
  • by Boy Friday Location: Somewhere in NC on Jan 11, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    I'm not sure what this article is "driving at." The young man seems to be a real "self-starter" and should be praised for his attempts to get to school. I wish more kids were "on the road to success" like this young scholar. Few young people have such a clear "road map" in their educational pursuits. I agree that a train or bus may have been safer, but at least he cared enuf to try. The parents need to be bull whipped, and then placed in stocks for a few days.

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