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A single mom in North Carolina is facing charges after accusations that she abandoned her two children on the side of the road without any supervision.

On October 2, 38-year-old Jennifer Westfall reportedly became so exhausted that she allegedly drove her two children to a location away from home and left them on the side of the road. Westfall is also being accused of having driven away from the spot before making sure that the youngsters, who are age 19 months and 9-years-old, were in the care of someone responsible.

A woman allegedly found the kids roadside without a guardian and took them to a nearby school where they notified CPS of the situation.

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The father of an infant is facing charges after he was pulled over and police found his daughter on the floor of the car and placed on top of a gun.

The authorities received a report from someone that was concerned because they said they believed that a man was in the midst of taking a drive with a baby on his lap.

Police responded and pulled over a vehicle matching what was described by the caller after they located it driving down a highway.

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Four women are suspected of endangering two toddlers in early October when the authorities found the children crossing the road unattended while holding a bottle of beer.

An on-duty officer who was patrolling in his vehicle in Steelton, Pennsylvania on October 7 reportedly came across two 2-year-old children as they were crossing the street.

The officer reported that he noticed that the children were not wearing shoes, and upon further inspection, he said that one of the toddlers was carrying a bottle of beer that had been opened, but still looked like it had all of its contents.

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A mother who was driving with her three children on Saturday night collided with an object and when the police responded they alleged that the woman caused the mishap because she was operating her vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

28-year-old Kianna Monique Pugh was driving in downtown Modesto, just over an hour from Sacramento, late in the evening on Saturday with her three children as passengers in the back seat.

Pugh was reportedly involved in a small accident around 11:30 pm when the vehicle she was operating made an impact with a fixture.

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On Wednesday evening around 8:30 pm, a woman heard frantic knocking at her front door as well as the ringing of her doorbell several times in a period of just a few seconds.

When she responded and answered the door the woman saw a 2-year-old child standing unattended on her front porch with a couple of bags next to him. The woman alerted the authorities for assistance in the situation and the police and child protective services went to her home.

The woman who owns the home where the boy was left has a surveillance camera hidden inside of her doorbell and it recorded the events leading up to the toddler ending up alone on the doorstep.

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The principal of an Oklahoma school is facing legal troubles after allegations regarding the amount of force he used while punishing two elementary school children with a paddle.

50-year-old Gary Gunckel is the principal of Indianola Public Schools in Oklahoma.

On September 6, a 10-year-old and 11-year old boy was punished by Gunckel when he hit them on their behinds with a wooden paddle after they got into a fight at school.

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An Ohio mom gave her son consent to receive a tattoo and she is facing charges based on a video that was recorded during the procedure that allegedly depicted an unlicensed teenager doing the work in an unclean space.

34-year-old Nikki Dickinson and her son Skylar live in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Skylar turned 10-years-old in mid-September.

According to Dickinson, her son had been hounding her for quite some time about wanting to get a tattoo. When she said she became tired of him asking she gave him consent for the work to take place a week after his birthday.

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How would you react if you saw a man scolding a small child and locking him in the trunk of a car as punishment?

On September 2, people in the Panera Bread parking lot in Norridge, Illinois, were put in the position of learning how they would respond when they saw a 3-year-old in that predicament.

Boguslaw Matlak, his wife Laura Quijano, their child, and a friend of theirs drove to the Panera Bread together in an Audi. While Matlak and his son were outside of the vehicle people said that they saw him stuff the boy into the trunk before yelling at him, closing it, and driving off.

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The driver of a school bus in Indiana has been accused of allowing three students, the youngest age 11, to drive the bus with other children onboard.

On Thursday, 27-year-old Joandrea McAtee was charged with driving the bus to deliver children home after school. While making her stops she allegedly allowed three of the children on board to take control of the wheel for a period of time, and additionally reportedly provided instructions on how to properly operate the vehicle.

The students who were allegedly allowed to drive the bus, ages 11, 13, and 17, did so while other children were passengers. They reportedly took turns at the wheel while driving in a remote, rural area.

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A preteen who failed to do his homework was allegedly punished by being physically assaulted by his mother who is now being charged for the incident.

In May, a 12-year-old boy got in trouble when his mother learned that he did not do his homework. She allegedly issued his punishment by abusing him in different ways.

The boy’s mom, Sharleen Hidalgo, has been accused of harshly criticizing her son, in addition to several types of physical assaults such as punching and kicking, due to his failure to complete class assignments.