Mother under investigation for forcing son to run alongside car

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WOODS CROSS — A woman is facing potential child abuse charges after she reportedly forced her 9-year-old son to run alongside her moving car.

Police received several calls Thursday morning reporting a boy being dragged by a car near 1500 South and 1300 West in Woods Cross. By the time officers arrived, the vehicle had pulled over to the side of the road.

The woman driving told police her son missed his bus and wouldn't walk to school.

"She felt it appropriate to grab the boy by the tongue of the belt around his waist, walked him over to the driver's side of the car and proceeded to drive slowly up the street, dragging him up the street," explained Woods Cross Police Officer Thomas Smart.

Smart said the boy could have been seriously hurt had he tripped and fallen under, or if oncoming traffic had hit him.

The woman now faces possible charges of child endangerment and neglect.


Written with contributions from Paul Nelson.

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