Grandma was entertaining her 3-year-old granddaughter who was being held up through the sunroof while grandma slowly drove around in the parking lot. Other shoppers apparently found this behavior alarming and called the Monroe County Sheriff. The sheriffs report (apparently the basis of stories in mainstream media) omitted the fact that the child was in the sunroof of the 2006 Lexus. Perhaps another omitted fact is that Brenda's adult daughter was apparently in the back seat holding the child. Bouschet denies acting irresponsibly and says she never endangered her grandchild.
Bouschet is no dummy. She is a nurse. While she may have used bad judgment, it does not appear that she actually endangered the child. The family had been out fishing. The car load was waiting for two of their party shopped in Publix. Bouschet apparently opened the windows and the sunroof to cool off the car. Her granddaughter was allowed to stand up in the open sunroof. The car was moving very slow. Folks, not too long ago, children regularly road at high way speeds in the back of pickup trucks. While grandma may not have exercised the best judgement, the legal system has bigger fish to fry then Brenda Bouschet.