5-Year-Old Home Alone, Takes Mom's Car


UPDATED: Tuesday October 25, 2011 7:11 PM

Police said parents can learn a good lesson on Tuesday, after a five-year-old child took her mother's car.

Police said a miscommunication between two parents who live apart led to the incident, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.

While the little girl was at school, her mother took ill and had to be rushed to the hospital, police said.

According to police, the girl's father was apparently unaware that he was supposed to pick his daughter up.

Police said the girl came home to an empty house, and after about three hours alone, decided to drive her mom's car to find her, McEntyre reported.

Officer Ryan Grimshaw said he responded to the house to find the girl's mother's vehicle had rolled backwards out of the driveway, across the street and into a neighbor's yard.

"You could tell that she followed exactly probably what her mom does when she gets in her car," said Grimshaw. "She put the keys in the ignition, pulled it into drive, turned the headlights on. Like she was ready to drive somewhere, like she was grown up."

Police were able to reach the girl's parents and sort out the confusion, McEntyre reported.

"She did the right thing by calling 911, but if she would've got home and been able to call an aunt or grandmother, or anybody, it could've all been avoided pretty quickly," said Grimshaw.

Police said they are urging parents to teach their children about calling 911 and to also create an emergency plan and an emergency contact list their children or emergency responders can call.

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