A mother from Marion County, Tennessee, is facing child neglect charges for making her daughters walk miles to school on a busy road.
Lisa Marie Palmer, 32, made her daughters walk to school because they missed the bus, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
The incident was reported to Marion County sheriff deputies. They found the girls walking on the road with a dog and Palmer around 150 feet ahead of them in a gold Cadillac with the engine running.
It "appeared as if she was driving ahead of the children and allowing them to walk and catch up to her vehicle and to proceed with that action until the children reached the school," Deputy Chris Ladd wrote in the police report.
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Ladd estimated the girls had already walked about 1 1/2 miles, with around 2 miles to go before reaching school.
"Temperatures were cold, and traffic was beginning to become heavy with citizens heading to work," Ladd wrote. "Mrs. Palmer was in no position to reach her children safely in the event of an emergency."
Upon issuing the child neglect citation to Palmer, Ladd discovered she did not have a valid driver’s license.
Palmer’s husband, Brandon Palmer, and his father, Douglas Palmer, were called in an attempt to have a relative take the children to school.
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Douglas refused to show Ladd a valid driver’s license and allegedly used obscene language with the deputy.
He also accused him of being “the cop that beat me up last time.”
A struggle ensued between Ladd and Douglas after he allegedly reached for a fixed-blade knife. Douglas was handcuffed and police say upon a pat-down search drug paraphernalia was found on his person, but no drugs. He was arrested on charges unrelated to the incident with the children.
Lisa Marie is due in court April 18 on charges of child neglect and driving without a valid license.
Her court date was coincidentally scheduled during the state’s official Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, according to the Tennessee General Assembly.