A 2-year-old boy from Sumter County, S.C., was found driving a white battery-operated toy BMW down the road by himself at 2 a.m. Sunday, but his parents will not face charges, police say.
The boy, who was wearing only jogging pants and a diaper, was cruising down Rogers Avenue in a car that probably looked like this:
He was spotted by a woman who immediately notified police, and the child was taken to safety. Tire tracks from the little car led police to a home they believed was the child’s. They were right.
Where were the parents, you ask? Asleep.
According to WIS, the boy was put to bed at 9 p.m., then unlocked the front door himself and went for a moonlit ride.
Police do not believe there was any negligence or malicious intent on the part of the parents, nor has there been any history of abuse at the home.
“It doesn’t look like anything was malicious or intentional,” Maj. Allen Dailey of the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office said. “The child just woke up in the middle of the night and was able to get outside the house. We want to caution parents to be you know who have small children to be sure you might have child locks on your door where they can’t reach it or a chain where they can’t open the door.”
Maj. Dailey says this has happened before and is thankful all the endings have been happy ones.
“We’ve had this happen before,” he said. “You know, the parents will be asleep at the other end of the house and the child will get out. Fortunately, its been good endings all the time. But, you know, if a small child gets out like that and gets hit by a car, or an animal or a dog could attack him, of course we don’t want that, we want our children to be safe.”