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Mother of Eight-Year-Old Who Crashed Car Appears in Court

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Stephanie Samedi2 years ago

The mother who allowed her 8-year-old to drive her car appeared in court on Wednesday, pleading not guilty to child endangerment and public intoxication.

About The Incident

According to KRIS-TV, Roxanne Iruegas, 23, is facing felony charges after an incident in April in which she allowed her 8-year-old daughter to drive her car. Police say Iruegas was smoking synthetic marijuana at the time of the incident.

The child lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence.

No one was injured in that crash, but Iruegas is being charged with Child Endangerment and Public Intoxication. Iruegas is denying the charges filed against her.

If convicted, Iruegas faces up to two years in prison.

Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics

The following information was provided by the American Humane Association:

  • In 2005, approximately 899,000 children in the United States were victims of physical abuse and neglect.
  • 62.8 percent (564,765 children) suffered from neglect alone.
  • In the year 2000, 1,291 children in the United States died because of maltreatment.
  • 45 percent of these child maltreatment deaths were linked to neglect.


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