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Child crashes car after being left alone inside

Posted September 15, 2009

— A child left alone in a car with its engine running allegedly caused a collision Monday in Raleigh.

Authorities charged the boy's mother, Cecilia Rojas-Rodriguez, 30, of 710 Navaho Drive, with child abuse following the crash.

According to the arrest warrant, the child was left unattended and unrestrained in the car on the 300 block of Fayetteville Street.

The child got behind the wheel, put the car in reverse and crashed into another vehicle, the arrest warrant stated.

No one was injured.

Witnesses said the boy was about 3-years-old.


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  • Supie Sep 15, 2009

    the child gets a gold star (seriously) for doing exactly what a 3yo should be doing at that age: manipulating everything it can to see what it does. Sounds like the child may be smarter than the momma.

  • abercrew2282 Sep 15, 2009

    What happened is very sad and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Unfortunately, name-calling is taking it a bit too far. If you must point out the foolishness of others, make sure your post is grammatically sound. In the end, it might be you who looks less smart. :)

  • Professor Sep 15, 2009

    She is not the only parent who has done this. Watch the parents who are rushing in the morning on their way to work with their children in the car.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Sep 15, 2009

    This happened in my neighborhood a few years ago. Of course, nobody called the police and it never got on the news. But the car missed me by about 20 feet. I was driving down the street and the car came down a steeeeeeeep driveway and crashed into a tree across the street from the driveway. The parents and other adults were standing around, so I slammed on the brakes and then drove on. As I drove past the car, I could see an 8 year old (or thereabouts) sitting in the driver's seat with his hands on the steering wheel. His eyes were about as big as the moon!

  • Professor Sep 15, 2009

    The mother should have been charged more. The child taken away because she was not looking out for his safety at all. The child could have been killed.

  • Fed-up29 Sep 15, 2009

    stories like this make me so made. that stupid people like this are allowed to have several children and do not know how to care for them while others struggle to adopt or have kids...absolutely ridiculous.

  • Fed-up29 Sep 15, 2009

    you always have to bring up race in an issue....why? we are talking about the how this dense woman left her child in a running car and im sorry you dont need to know or speak english or know laws to not think tha that is an unsafe idea with all the pedophiles out there especially.

  • Adelinthe Sep 15, 2009

    sucha - "Who was pushing on the brake to shift it?"

    Not all cars require that, especially not the older ones.

    Don't know what year of car it was.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Sep 15, 2009

    How dumb can someone be?

    Children love to pretend they're driving cars.

    Thank God no one was hurt, including this poor child.

    God bless.


  • Caring Sep 15, 2009

    Another adult that doesn't deserve to have a child!