What Constitutes Child Abuse These Days? Woman Faces Charges for Making Her Kids Walk to School
A Tennessee woman is facing child neglect charges after deputies found her driving ahead of her daughters while making them walk to school, the AP reports. Marion County Sheriff Ronnie Burnett tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press the mother, Lisa Marie Palmer, told deputies her daughters were being punished for missing the bus. A deputy says he saw Palmer and the children about 50 yards apart with Palmer in the car ahead of them. It was estimated the girls had already walked about a mile and a half and still had two miles to go. Palmer is scheduled for an initial court appearance April 18 on charges of child neglect and driving without a license.
Temperatures were cold, and traffic was beginning to become heavy with citizens heading to work,” Ladd states. “Mrs. Palmer was in no position to reach her children safely in the event of an emergency.”
At that point, Ladd cited Palmer for child neglect and began trying to arrange for the girls to get the rest of the way to school. Palmer didn’t have a valid driver’s license and couldn’t be allowed to drive the girls on to school.
The charges stem from an investigation launched March 1 after Ladd and the other deputy responded to the situation. Burnett said the case also is being investigated by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.