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    FL - LE: drunk granddad towed HotWheels car w/grandchild inside down road at 10 mph

    Grandparents of the year! Couple 'tied 7-year-old girl's Hot Wheels toy
    car to SUV using dog leashes and towed her along the road while drunk'
    (Daily Mail)
    Two Florida grandparents have been arrested after police say they hooked their granddaughter's plastic toy Hot Wheels car to their SUV and gave her a ride.

    A Sarasota County deputy said he spotted the seven-year-old wearing a bathing suit and no helmet as she was towed behind the SUV on Sunday.

    Her toy car was tied to a trailer hitch with dog leashes. She was not harmed.
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    more at link above, with pictures

    Wait. What?
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    At about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, a deputy eastbound on Clark Road reportedly saw the SUV on a parallel access road near Rockefeller Avenue.
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    The deputy estimated the SUV's speed at 5 to 10 mph.

    Belinda Berloni was riding in the SUV's cargo area with the hatch open and was cheering on the child, an arrest report states. When stopped, Paul Berloni admitted that his driver's license was revoked and that he had been drinking alcohol, reports said.

    Belinda Berloni "was also intoxicated" and admitted "that she understood that it was dangerous to drag a child behind the vehicle but stated they were just having fun and had been doing this all day," an arrest report stated.
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    more at link below:

    Sarasota Sheriff: Drunken grandparents towed child in toy car (heraldtribune.com)

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    Thank God everyone is alright! It's hard to imagine Grandparents taking this chance!

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    Unbelievable
    England's dancing days are done...

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    And some kids complain that going to Grandma's house is boring...

    Thank God everyone's okay, but I can't help but wonder if maybe her parents aren't a little to blame, if the grandparents had this much of an alcohol problem. Don't tell me, let me guess, Grandpa's license is revoked due to DUI's, isn't it?
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by not_my_kids View Post
    And some kids complain that going to Grandma's house is boring...

    Thank God everyone's okay, but I can't help but wonder if maybe her parents aren't a little to blame, if the grandparents had this much of an alcohol problem. Don't tell me, let me guess, Grandpa's license is revoked due to DUI's, isn't it?
    [bbm]

    bingo!

    Sheriff's deputies say he has been convicted three times prior for DUI.

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    What colossal failures!

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    I noticed the news articles doesn't say anything about who the little girl was turned over to ... sure hope this is not a situation of absentee parents ... and the little girl lives with these "loser" grandparents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southernnana View Post



    I noticed the news articles doesn't say anything about who the little girl was turned over to ... sure hope this is not a situation of absentee parents ... and the little girl lives with these "loser" grandparents.
    The second article in the first post says that dad came home and got a little verbal to his mom. The little girl was turned over to her dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXN4LIFE View Post
    The second article in the first post says that dad came home and got a little verbal to his mom. The little girl was turned over to her dad.


    Thank you TXN4LIFE ... I completely missed that link when reading the first post!



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