Sure, trying to teach him at age 3 may not have been the wisest parenting move but bringing CRIMINAL CHARGES for this is way overboard IMHO.
When you think of all the teenagers and even some grown adults out there who have a hard time figuring out how to pump gas into their own cars, this
mom should have been applauded for trying to teach her young one life skills at an early age.
Mom Charged For Letting Son, 3, Pump Gasoline
Pennsylvania woman who allegedly allowed her three-year-old son to pump gas into the family car was charged today with endangering the welfare of a
child, police report.
A witness, Gregory McCarter, reported that he had observed “a female instructing a very young child on how to pump gas into the vehicle.”
McCarter, who said he saw the boy “pumping gas into the vehicle by himself,” added that, “the boy must have pulled the pump out before releasing
the handle, because he ended up spraying gasoline onto himself.”
A police review of surveillance video “confirmed that the female driver had allowed her toddler child to pump gas by himself” into a Toyota Rav4,
according to a probable cause affidavit. The video, an investigator added, “showed the toddler spraying himself with gasoline as he removed the
While Moran Camara and the boy left the gas station before police arrived around 9:15 PM, witnesses provided cops with the vehicle’s license plate
It's been illegal for anyone under 15 to pump gas for as long as I can remember. I used to pump gas when I was younger, then had to stop because it
was illegal. It's up to the state whether they prosecute or not if they're caught.
This lady was actually featured as the Moron of the Day on a PA radio station. She is in fact a lazy idiot. People saw the child spill gas on himself
and alerted authorities- as well they should have. Moronic!!
ETA: Appropriate first name- Moran
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You never really can say just based on the age of the child. I've seen some toddlers who act more mature than some 40 year olds.
Me, I'd like to see the video to know how well she was supervising the whole thing. If she wasn't right next to him the whole time, then it was bad
parenting. Based on the fact that they both got sprayed, It sounds to me like she was right there the whole time.
She probably should have gotten a talking to by cops but, if there was no real harm done, there's no reason to bring charges. I'm sure she learned
her lesson after they both got sprayed and I doubt she'll be trying to teach him again any time soon. A lot of parents make the mistake of assuming
their kids are ready to learn new things before they're really ready. Should all parents who try to teach their children life skills at an early age
The criminal charges are just plain unneccesary IMO. Why is it that people believe the state needs to step in and bring charges whenever someone makes
an honest mistake? I can't understand the mentality of this type of people.
Three years old is a little young to be pumping gas, but if the child was curious I think it would have been okay IF the mother would have been
right there with him to assist and supervise. The woman was an idiot for leaving the child there to pump gas on his own, but I think that a stern
warning would have been sufficient to dissuade her from doing it again, at least until the child is quite a bit older.
When I was a kid I always pumped gas for my mother, but I was at least old enough to be in school before I started doing it. Pumping gas before age 15
being illegal in some states is going a little overboard if you ask me, but so is allowing an unsupervised 3 year old to do it.
It looks to me like the endangering part comes from the mother being neglectful not the actual usage of the pump.
If I put my kid on my lap and let him "steer" the car in a big parking lot at a snails pace am I endangering the child? If I just toss the kid my keys
and say "go pick up your sister" am I endangering the child?
Both are against the law however.
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It only says the child got splashed with gasoline.
I suppose she probably lit a cigarette after leaving for good measure.
My kids no way I would have let them pump gas at that age.
But I tend to agree criminal charges is going too far.
More nanny state money-grubbing.
Unbelievable.. I remember being a kid and having my old man show me how to pump gas, even riding down a long empty road on his lap with the impression
I was driving. Some of the dearest memories as a child, but for crying out loud how could someone just leave their child, unattended to with a
substance potentially dangerous?
I believe it was a good thing the police got involved, because this womans clear lack of any maternal instincts is frightening. What else is this
child doing while she is not looking? What other bad habits has this "mother" taught her impressionable child. She should be investigated at least
to be fit as a care taker.
Well 3 is a little young. I grew up not knowing how to pump gas (since NJ is the only state that doesn't let the customer pump their gas) But I wonder
my kid pumped mine at 8 yrs old here in Florida so I wonder if I could have been in trouble? My kid wanted to pump it though, she asked me to let her
do it. Now I am wondering if I could have been in big trouble if a cop had seen, I mean how young is too young to them?
Confession, I still don't know how the hell to make the pump stay pumping hands free. I have to hold it the entire time...OMG
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