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Bald Head Island, NC - Mom Charged With Child Abuse For Letting Son, 11, Drive Golf Cart

Published on: May 24, 2016 01:30 PM
By: AP
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Bald Head Island, NC - A woman says she was arrested, charged with child abuse and detained for hours for letting her 11-year-old son drive a golf cart during a family vacation on a North Carolina beach resort island.

Julie Mall tells The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/1TshWfT ) her son asked to drive the cart two blocks back to their rented cottage on Bald Head Island on July 26. Mall says a police golf cart pulled them over and an officer accused her of being drunk, which she denies. She says more officers showed up and she was arrested. Video shows a screaming Mall on the ground being handcuffed by an officer with a knee on her back.

The charges were later dismissed.

Village manager Chris McCall says it will be reviewing public safety policies and procedures.

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 May 24, 2016 at 03:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Monsey kids drive bikes alone at four years old around the block. Where are the police then?


 May 24, 2016 at 05:56 PM omg Says:

oh my gd. the world is run by wackos and lawyers..


 May 24, 2016 at 06:55 PM REALIST Says:

Since when are a bike and a 4 wheeled motorized golf cart synonymous?


 May 24, 2016 at 07:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  

Since when are a bike and a 4 wheeled motorized golf cart synonymous?

2-4 year old Jewish kids should not be allowed to ride around the block without an adult. Period


 May 24, 2016 at 08:01 PM Anonymous Says:

That's it I'm not going there for vacation!


 May 24, 2016 at 09:30 PM Normal Says:

11 year olds can ride bikes on the streets of NY, nothing wrong here.


 May 25, 2016 at 12:47 PM FinVeeNemtMenSeichel Says:

Slowly but surely its becoming ok for cops to manhandle moms for non-criminal non-issues. Elections have consequences.


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