Deputies: Mom arrested after letting 7-year-old drive car

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — A Florida mother has been charged with child neglect after instructing her 7-year-old son to drive her car on a public street through their neighborhood in suburban Orlando while she filmed him.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that 34-year-old Kwaniqua Glenn was arrested Thursday. She also is charged with allowing an unauthorized person to drive a motor vehicle.

Sheriff’s office investigators say Glenn told her son to get behind the wheel and then filmed him from the passenger seat as he drove about a third of a mile at an average speed of 28 miles per hour. The sheriff’s office said she posted the video on social media where a school resource deputy saw it.

No one was injured. Glenn couldn’t be reached for comment.


  • Tracy Faulkner

    This is truly a shame! My dad taught me to drive while sitting in his lap. By the time I could reach the pedals, I could drive. This little guy will most likely be a better driver by the time he’s actually old enough TO drive legally than 90% of the drivers on Florida’s roadways. It is responsible parenting, sharing time with her kid, teaching him a VERY important aspect of life. Kudos to you, Mom!

      • T man

        Not smart. If she wanted him to drive, why not in a big empty parking lot? It’s still illegal, but then the public wouldn’t have been at risk. I wonder why she had him drive.

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