By Eric Tichy
LAKEWOOD - An Ohio woman was charged Sunday after police said her 10-year-old son struck a vehicle while she was shopping.
Police charged Myrna L. Vega-Rivera, 28, of Parma, Ohio, with endangering the welfare of a child after responding at 12:35 p.m. to T. J. Maxx on Fairmount Avenue. According to the Lakewood-Busti Police Department, Vega-Rivera was shopping with her son when she sent him out alone to her vehicle. Police said the child had the keys and managed to start the vehicle and put it into reverse.
According to a police report, the child slowly backed the vehicle out of its parking space and struck another vehicle. Police said the child attempted to get assistance from witnesses, two of whom stayed with the child while another went into the store to report the accident to store personnel and find the parents.
The child's mother eventually returned to the vehicle, which police said she parked and went back into the store.
Vega-Rivera was taken into custody and charged. She was arraigned in Busti Town Court and released on bail to return at a later date.