Billy Joe Madden may have thought that he had a great idea as to how to avoid a DWI. But Louisiana State Police still arrested Madden. Madden's pickup was stopped on Interstate 12 when it was being operated unsafely. According to police, they were surprised to find that his 8-year-old son was at the wheel while the 28-year-old father was apparently in the passenger's seat in an intoxicated state. Nola.com and Police. According to the Associated Press:
According to WVUE Fox 8, The Mississippi man and the two kids were driving from Hattiesburg, Miss. to Dallas, Texas. Madden has been charged with two counts of child desertion, two counts of no child restraint and parent allowing a minor to drive.
Update 8-5-11: Speaking of education. Jennifer Lynch asked that we share her article on Legal Education. LINK. While we don't like to provide free ads, this article may interest some of our readers.
Update 8-15-11: What is an article about poor parenting without an example of some good principles? At a celebrity, 11-year-old Nick Smith was given the chance to sink the puck from center ice into a three-and-a-half-inch cutout and win the $50,000 prize. But when Nick's name was called, the boy's identical twin brother, Nate, successfully shot the puck. Instead of claiming the prize money, their father, Pat Smith, called back the next day and said, 'you know it was really Nate that made the shot and we thought honesty was the best policy and we want to set a good example for our kids." "Early Show."It is now up to the insurance company to decide if the kids will get the money.
Update 9-13-11: Talk about "using the kids." 5-year-old Levada (lu-VAY'-duh) Brown and 4-year-old Yokela (yoh-KAY'-luh) Smith were murdered on Aug. 31 in the family apartment in East St. Louis. Their mother, 25-year-old Yokeia (yoh-KEE'-uh) Smith, is charged with first-degree murder charges. Apparently, the children's father listened by phone from a Wisconsin federal prison where he's serving time for armed robbery as Yokeia ended the childrens' lives with her recently purchased shotgun.
Update 2-24-12: A nine year- old boy is in court accused of accidentally shooting a 3d grade classmate. Bail was set at $50,000 while a judge decides if he has the capacity to be tried for the crime. "I just want everyone to know that my kid made a mistake. It was a terrible mistake," the boy's father, Jason Cochran, said. The uncle, Patrick Cochran, is the boy's legal guardian. Who needs to step up and take responsibility for the young boy bringing in a loaded .45-caliber handgun that he got from his mother's house? The gun was in his backpack and accidentally discharged critically injuring Amina Kocer-Bowman.
Kocer-Bowman remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after undergoing surgery. She was sedated and on a ventilator. The bullet hit the girl in the abdomen and arm, according to police. The 9 year-old boy is charged with unlawful possession of a gun, bringing a dangerous weapon to school and third-degree assault charges. Authorities believe he got the weapon during a visitation with his mother. But the boy allegedly told a classmate five days before the shooting that he was going to bring his "dad's gun" to school.
Jamie Lee Chaffin is listed as the boy's mother. In 2005, she pleaded guilty to a drug paraphernalia charge. She also was convicted of marijuana deliver and forgery.
Some states have firearm child access prevention laws many of which include criminal penalties for adults who allow children to get their hands on guns. However, Washington apparently does not have such a law.