We all know that water and leather don't mix, but we also know (or at least we should) that kids in trunks don't mix, either. A woman in Minnesota is in hot water after allegedly making her 11-year-old nephew ride home in the trunk of her Lexus after riding a water ride at a local amusement park.

On August 23, witnesses in the parking lot of Valleyfair Amusement Park reported seeing the child climb into the trunk of the car before the car drove off. By the time police had caught up with Susan Marie McCarty, 38, and her Lexus, she had already dropped her nephew off, but she had admitted to police that she put him back there because she didn't want him to get water on her car's leather. She justified her actions by telling police that she left the center pass-through open allowing air conditioning to get into the trunk.

The boy's grandmother, 14-year-old sister and another child passenger were also in the vehicle, and while the grandmother was "uneasy" about him riding in the trunk, she didn't want to question the aunt's decision.

According to reports, McCarty was charged with gross-misdemeanor child endangerment, and, if convicted, could face up to a year in prison and as much as $3,000 in fines.


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      Al Le
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next time, bring a towel.
      kimjames64
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow! I guess no one thought to take any towels or changes of clothes with them...they sound like really smart people!
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least she didn't make him ride on the roof - unlike someone else we know.
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love all the "back in my day we did it this way!" When it was all the people "back in your day" who grew into overprotective parents and law makers.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ms. McCarty has apparently never heard of this thing called a towel.
      Go Ford Mustang
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Josh
      • 2 Years Ago
      You know, for $5 Valleyfair has gigantic driers that get you dry in a very short time. You stand in them, Fits 2 or 3 people. So as much as I could care less if the kid rode in the trunk or on the roof. There were other options.
        Kabayo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Josh
        How much do you care if you "could care less"? Words have meanings.
      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Leather would not be ruined because it's treated.
      Paul C. Duncan
      • 2 Years Ago
      if you go to a waterpark you bring one or all of the following. 1)extra towels 2)change of clothes 3)plastic bag to store all the wet stuff. I hope someone seals all her doors, break a window & fill it with salt water & maybe for effect put a few fish in it
      strayfawn
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't condone what she did, but I was just thinking back many many years (pre seat-belt) where my folks cramed 6 kids in a car on some long trips - I think I might have preferred to be in the trunk of a Lexus!
      kthcst
      • 2 Years Ago
      she was woried about her leather seats in her LEXUS???? am I reading this correctly????? I dont give 2 craps about her prcious lexus......if she took her nephew to the water park, she should have made sure he was dried off BEFORE the took off......what a DUMB BROAD.....
      nsheats
      • 2 Years Ago
      Remind me to get trunk belts installed. (wink)
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