Heidelberg police this afternoon charged a mother and grandmother with endangering the welfare of a child after a 5-year-old Heidelberg boy crashed a 2000 Ford Focus into a hedge.
"Someone should have been paying attention to what the child was doing," said Heidelberg police Chief Vernon Barkley.
The boy lives with his mother and grandmother and at about 9 a.m. took the keys to his grandmother's 2000 Ford Focus and decided to go for a ride along the 1600 block of Washington Street, Chief Barkley said.
The ride ended shortly after it started when the boy drove about 100 feet and crashed into a neighbor's hedge.
"It just took off screeching across the street," Charles Hilpert, another neighbor, said.
Mr. Hilpert and Chief Barkley said the boy seemed to be fine other than what they described as small cuts on the boy's face. Mr. Hilpert said the airbags in the car deployed.
The boy's grandmother, Rebecca Linderman, and mother, Lisa Linderman, were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, Chief Barkley said.
"They weren't aware that the child left," the chief said. "They weren't keeping an eye on him. There needs to be some type of counseling to ensure this doesn't happen again."
The boy was taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC as a precaution, Chief Barkley said.
Alex Zimmerman: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-3909 and on Twitter: @AGZimmerman. First Published July 1, 2013 10:15 AM