Sunday, February 10, 2008

Buckle Up!

Remember that time you thought you had your child safely buckled in, only to discover to your horror that in your hurry, the latch hadn't fastened? Well, you're fine.

Police have arrested a motorist they say had a 24-pack of beer strapped in with a seat belt but had a 16-month-old girl unrestrained in the back seat with the toddler's mother.

Tina D. Williams was pulled over in St. Augustine on Sunday for allegedly running a red light. A 24-pack of Busch beer was strapped in with the passenger-side seat belt, according to an arrest report. The girl was in the back seat with 20-year-old Amber Tedrick, who is the toddler's mother.

Williams, 46, said she didn't know why the child wasn't restrained. Williams refused to take a breath test and a deputy found two metal pipes commonly used to smoke drugs in her purse, authorities said. Watch her mug shot »

Williams was charged with driving under the influence, child abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license, a jail official said. She remained in the St. Johns County jail Tuesday after bail was set at $31,000.

The jail did not have the name of her attorney. It was not clear if Tedrick would face any charges, but the child was released to her care, according to The Florida Times-Union.


  1. I wonder if they put the beer in protective custody?

  2. Whenever we see a story like this my mother will say God was watching over that child since her parents are too stupid to do it.

  3. Having problems getting our High school students to wear theirs properly, even had the police officer assigned to our school talk to them. They still wanted to argue about it!! What knuckle heads!

  4. Thank you. I feel like an okay mom after reading that.

    Thank goodness the little girl was okay, but you have to wonder what kind of a life she has. sigh.

    And Sherri, thanks for the laugh! :)

  5. Isn't that the truth, Maureen!

    And CONGRATS on your win over at Petticoats and Pistols! An autographed Georgina Gentry book is pretty cool.