(NewsSpace.com) – Today’s children are growing up with all the conveniences of technology, including having a gamut of electronic devices at their fingertips. Many parents install stopgaps on these devices to prevent their kids from accessing specific apps or inappropriate content. While some children may act out when they lose their phone or tablet, two Florida kids took it to an extreme.
On September 21, a 10-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, siblings, took off in their mother’s car. North Port Police in Sarasota County, Florida, were alerted to the two missing children. Nearly four hours and seven counties later, a deputy with the Alachua County Sheriff’s office pulled the vehicle over in a “high risk traffic stop” and was surprised to see that the 10-year-old boy was behind the wheel. The siblings were apparently planning to drive across the country to California.
Law enforcement was able to track the children down through the use of one’s cell phone. They even had their mother’s CashApp card, which they attempted to withdraw money with. The mother was notified and drove nearly four hours to get her kids. She declined to press charges against them.
According to a Facebook post by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, the kids were mad at their mom because she took their electronics. Law enforcement did speak with the children after the arrest and did not find anything concerning, such as mistreatment from their mother or any other adult. The post also stated that no charges were filed because the mom refused to prosecute and there were no other charges available to file except a misdemeanor that wouldn’t “be accepted into the department of juvenile justice.”
Deputies spoke to the mom, who they said was doing her best to raise the kids and she was open to their suggestions for getting assistance. The kids are now home safe after their nearly four-hour joyride.
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