Last July a woman was charged with child abuse for allowing her 11 year-old son to drive a golf cart while on a family vacation.
Julie and Scott Mall were vacationing with their son on Bald Head Island, off the coast of North Carolina when this odd situation took place.
The family was watching the sunset when their son asked to drive the golf cart back to their $1,000 per night cottage. Soon after, the police stopped them.
Julie Mall recently spoke out about the incident, telling the Charlotte Observer that the officer had her arms behind her back, she was pushed down to the ground and out his knee into her back.
Her husband Scott recorded the events which took place which led to her being brought to jail and charged with resisting arrest and child abuse.
The island is only accessible by boat and no cars are allowed. Golf carts are used to get around and can be driven by those 16 years of age and up.
The officer claimed that Mall resisted arrest, was intoxicated, was uncooperative and “failed to surrender her hands to be handcuffed“.
The family says that they were not intoxicated and Mrs Mall had one glass of wine with dinner hours earlier.
In the end, the case was dismissed after the officer failed to show up in court two times. Charges could be reinstated up to two years after the offense under North Carolina law.
So what do you think? Should allowing an 11 year-old to drive a golf cart be considered child abuse? I personally think it’s a ridiculous charge. Maybe a fine or a warning would’ve been more appropriate.
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