Most People Don't Steal Their First Car Until They're 15
On June 14th, a 9-year-old West Bend boy and his 4-year-old nephew ( yes, nephew) stole a car from a local boat dealership and drove down Highway 33 headed for West Bend. Other motorists saw the child behind the wheel and were able to bring the car to a stop. No action was taken against anyone in connection with the car theft.
Last Sunday, the same pair stole a car from the 9-year-old's step father in West Bend and ultimately drove it into a ditch. Neighbors are understandably concerned that the next time the kids boost a car, they'll kill someone before they can be caught.
The mother of the 9-year-old is the grandmother of the 4-year-old (making the two kids uncle and nephew). As an aside, I have assured my brother and sister-in-law that I have no plans to take my 7-year-old nephew along with me next time I go on a car theft spree.
Authorities are now considering child neglect charges against the mothers of the two boys. They are also considering similar charges against the live-in boyfriend of the mother of the 9-year-old.
Yeah, I know that the second car was stolen from the step-father of the 9-year-old (who apparently is different than the live-in boyfriend of the mother of the 9-year-old).
Wow, in the words of Jimmy Buffett, talk about life being as messy as a day old sticky bun. I wonder if they have name tags and diagrams at family reunions?
In any event, during the 1 p.m. hour of Wednesday's radio program, we'll discuss whether child neglect charges against the parents are appropriate in a case like this?
Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.