Friday, August 15, 2008

Texas Preteen Drives Mother to Bar for Birthday Celebration

The competition for Mother of the Year is going to be quite fierce this year. There's frontrunner, Casey Anthony, who waited a year to report her still-missing little girl in Florida. We cannot forget the Wyoming mother who left her three children in her card at 1:ooam so that she could play Texas Hold 'Em at a local bar. And now, Jennifer Lynn Rosenburg of Longview, Texas can add her name to the list of serious contenders.

I suppose one could argue that Ms. Rosenburg was being responsible. Instead of driving while intoxicated, she handed over her keys and allowed someone else to drive her to the neighborhood bar. Unfortunately, the designated chauffeur was her twelve-year-old daughter. The brilliant scheme unraveled when police stopped a blue minivan that turned into a driveway without a signal and then proceeded to roll slowly into the unsuspecting home. The preteen who was removed from behind the steering wheel admitted that she had left her mother at Leon's Steak House to celebrate her thirty-fifth birthday in style.

Ms. Rosenburg spent Wednesday night in jail on $2500 bond facing charges of child endangerment--not such a happy birthday after all. Endangerment laws make it a crime to risk the health or life of a child through an adult's recklessness or indifference. Texas has one of the strictest punishments, up to twenty years in prison, for those convicted of the serious instances of endangerment.

Please do not use your children as transporation to your favorite watering hole. Call a taxi or, even better, just invite your friends over to your place for a relaxing evening of board games and charades. Very little criminal activity has stemmed from such pasttimes. However, if you do find yourself dealing with such charges, Bertolino LLP has criminal defense attorneys who are ready to help.

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