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A 28-year-old mother named Amber Schmunk isn’t going to win any mother of the year medals anytime soon as she was recently caught driving her minivan while her 9-year-old son was strapped to the top of it on top of a plastic pool. According to a witness, Schmunk was then later seen untying her son and shoving the kiddie pool inside her van before dropping it off at her sister’s.
Schmunk admitted to police that she did have her son on the roof of the car, but “only for a short time, maybe 20-30 seconds.”
Schmunk allegedly told authorities she had picked up a molded plastic pool at another house, but didn’t have enough room inside the minivan.
She allegedly said she “decided to put the pool on top of the minivan, but had no way to strap it down, so she had her child climb on the roof and hold it down while she drove,” according to a police report obtained by WITI TV. Police said Schmunk told them she thought her actions were “OK,” since her dad let her do things like that when she was nine.
Schmunk is facing a felony charge of recklessly endangering safety, and if convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and five years of extended supervision.
I wonder if she was driving like this: