A Tennessee mom was arrested for allegedly committing three carjackings in one day. The worst part is, not only did she have her 5-year-old son with her. She actually used him as a shield at one point.
Mom Shot at Carjacking Victim, Then Used Her 5-Year-Old Son to Shield Herself
According to the Clarksville Police Department, Bethany Wilson (24) stole three cars last Thursday with her son by her side. At one point, Wilson pointed a gun and shot at a victim, then used her 5-year-old as a shield.
Wilson allegedly stole a 51-year-old woman’s Nissan Juke while she was filling her tank with gas at a Minit Mart around 4:30 in the afternoon. 30 minutes later, the mom stole a black Mercedes-Benz from another location.
The owner of the Mercedes-Benz said that Wilson shot bullets at him and then stole his vehicle while shielding herself with her son.
Next, Bethany Wilson stole a Ford F-150 and then crashed it on the I-24.
Carjacker’s Son Was Reportedly Unharmed
Authorities finally caught up with the carjacker while she was staying at a Days Inn that same night. The Clarksville Police Department also said she was arrested without incident. Her son was reportedly with her and safe.
Wilson has been accused of two counts of aggravated robbery, but authorities say there could be more charges.
The Mercedes-Benz and Nissan Juke were recovered, but it isn’t clear if the Ford F-150 was as well.
The most upsetting part of this carjacking story is clearly the fact that a mom would be so insane that she’d use her own son as a shield. And obviously, she wasn’t using a car seat or booster, either.
According to Tennessee’s Child Restraint Law, all children between the ages of 4 and 8, or less than 4’9” in height, must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat system. The booster system needs to adhere to federal motor vehicle safety standards. It also needs to be placed in the rear of the vehicle.
It seems that Bethany Wilson clearly endangered her child according to Tennessee law. However, it’s not clear if she’ll see related charges.