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9-year-old child drives truck with 11-month-old brother inside as mother was too drunk to drive

By Mason White 11:20 AM February 7, 2016
Amanda Eggert 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) Police were called after people spotted a vehicle driving recklessly.

When officers of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, arrived at the scene, they were shocked to find a 9-year-old girl behind the wheel.

Officer found the girl’s mother, Amanda Eggert, and her boyfriend Jason Roth, inside the car. The couple was drunk and unable to drive so they handed the keys to the 9-year-old girl.

Police also found the couple’s 11-month-old son strapped in the car seat. Luckily, no one was hurt during the incident.

Deputy Jeff Hahn told a court that as the girl exited the vehicle, it was still running and in the drive position. Mr. Roth, who was still sitting in the truck, turned the ignition off as the truck began rolling backwards down the hill towards the river. “I jumped into the truck to hit the brakes and put the truck in park,” the officer said.

Eggert and Roth were arrested and charged with child neglect and second degree recklessly endangering safety. The children were placed in the care of family members.