An 8-year-old boy narrowly avoided tragedy last week in Pennsylvania when he jumped from the family's car moments before it crashed.

Charles Cole often liked to listen to music in the family's Cadillac Escalade. Shortly before 7 p.m. on May 14, he inadvertently placed the car in reverse, and the car began rolling down a steep hill outside the family's home in suburban New Castle, Pa. The 8-year-old then leaped from the runaway vehicle.

"When I jumped out, the tire went over my leg," he tells WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh. "I thought it was broken, but God saved me."

He suffered minor injuries and is temporarily walking with a walker, according to police, but did not break his leg. The Escalade crashed into a parked Plymouth Voyager. Both cars suffered damage.

His mother, Mary Cole, 34, said she had no idea her son was playing in the vehicle. She was inside a house, unloading clothes. "I'm a good mother," she said. "It happened that quickly, because kids are kids."

Authorities nonetheless charged her in relation to the accident. They told WPXI that Cole knew there was an extra ignition key in the van and that Charles often liked to listen to music. She was charged with child endangerment.

Read more on this story at WPXI.com.



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      Melinda
      • 3 Years Ago
      CHARGING HER? That is ridiculous. Anyone who says otherwise has obviously never had children. My God, I can't even believe they even thought about charging the mother, this kid isn't 3 yrs old, he's 8, give me a break.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Melinda
        Exactly he is 8, he should have been taught more safety. I have had DCF, in my life and it is not fun. But I know that the reason is a good one. Yes it is sad that this happened, but I have a 9, 6, & 4 year old. And they know not to touch the keys to the car. It would be different if the brakes failed, but he took the keys and did something dangerous. As a parent it is not always the easiest to watch them 24/7 but to allow something like this to happen, well I agree with the Police in this matter.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Melinda
        Oh, I SO agree with you!
        IVAN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Melinda
        My son,when he was 2 1/2 took my keys to my tool box, And went straight to the "locked" box, he took the exact key ( the round one, like on the soda machines), and started to open the lock. That's as far as he got, because I stopped him (he thought I was asleep). Any parent who allows their child to have access to, or play in a car with out an adult present is placing their own child in danger. Hence the charges are correct. It is the responsibility of adults to secure all dangerous articles from access to children. Would you leave a loaded gun lying around the house, and then blame the child for shooting some one, or them selves ? And a car is as deadly as a gun.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @IVAN
          AGAIN, you idiots come back to a gun debate...WTF? This is not about your views on guns. This is not about that.
      • 3 Years Ago
      calling social services...that's absolutely stupid!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The world is going crazy. I am sorry for the mother. Its hard to rear children nowadays because you will be charged if you discipline them. God forbid if you spank them. I am happy the child wasn't seriously injured, but charging the mother, get real./ Next we will charging parents if a child fall and skin his or her knee while the parent may be looking away.
      Liberto Hombre
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't they charge the kid too? obviously he stole the car, and he had a moving car without a license...
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW! What bull*hit! Someone needs to ask the cops if they let their children play outside by themselves....guess that would count as taking your eyes off your child for a second and that would make them a BAD parent. All of us would be guility and would have child services at our door. Government really sucks--go find the murderers and the child molesters! Do your REAL job!
      Seewcrazy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think it would be reasonable to charge the mother, Kids do rash things on the spur of the moment without thought for the consequences. They're kids for crying out loud. Some of the things I did when I was a kid would have curled my parents' hair , had they only known.. LOL some things they did find out ,and when they asked me why, my answer was always: " I don't know." That's a typical kid response. But come on, charging the parent? And further, this is not a case of neglect or abuse. Social workers need to BUTT OUT. We have kids being beat to death or starved by their parents, and social workers in most states can't even get that right.
      Janet Rockett
      • 3 Years Ago
      This was an accident. She wasn't driving drunk, she didn't leave him by himself, it was an accident. KIds in the news here where I live went missing and the family finally found them in the trunk of the car near death. Also parents that left their kids in the car because they forgot about them and did die and they were not charged with child endangerment......
      KEN
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some prosecuting attorney has political ambitions and he plans to step on this family in his effort to climb the ladder of success! Yesterday, there was a report and video of some parents putting their child in a commercial washing machine and shutting the door. The machine started. Attendants rescued the child--but THERE is a case where parents really should be charged--and not the mom in this story.
      Lisa
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's crap. My son fell off the porch when he was younger - NO ONE thought to charge me with endangerment for letting him on the porch!
      Dannye Sue
      • 3 Years Ago
      All you folks can have a hey day now, because I think this woman got off bloody light. I'm a grandmother raising my 4 year old granddaughter and NEVER is she outside without me... my doors are equipped with locks in the customary places, along with locks she can't reach. I don't even allow her to walk next door alone (a very short walk to be sure.) The ONLY time this child is out of myt sight is when she's at Pre-K and I'm very satisfied with their manner of watching all the students there. This business of folks thinking the police are "retards" (an offensive name that should NEVER be used on anyone) tells me that there's a lot of people (note I didn't say parents) with children they just do not watch properly and then use the silly excuse that kids will be kids and then blame the officials (who should "overlook the fact that mommy wasn't watching her child properly.") It's neglectful parents who need to grow up and do their job with their children rather than finding reasons to blame others for their short comings.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dannye Sue
        well good for you. don't be so snotty. I'm sure if the shoe was on the other foot, you wouldn't like someone bashing YOU like that. Kids WILL be kids. You are probably smothering your grandchild to death. The child involved in this accident wasn't 4 years old. Get over yourself and get off your high horse.
        terwalk2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dannye Sue
        hey granny, u r a nut. you shouldnt have to watch over kids 24/7 you need to teach them. my 8 yr old daughter was driving tractor while i walked along picking up bales of hay. i taught her how to drive the truck at 12. she was a very responsible kid just because i taught her right. also had her shoot her first deer when she was 11. i trustwed my kids to do right amnd to this day,they still do
          • 3 Years Ago
          @terwalk2
          See there is the difference YOU TAUGHT her, she wouldn't just go and do something that could harm her if she knew it wasn't right!
        Christopher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dannye Sue
        is your granddaughter allowed to use the toilet without any supervission ?
      Christopher
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think we should ban Mini Vans Now
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Christopher
        They are ugly aren't they
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be logical, the D.A. and the Sheriff are elected officials, they need your vote to keep their office. seeing all the comments here, I do believe they will do the right thing and Drop the charges No?
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