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OREGON — A diaper-clad toddler crashed a Jeep Wrangler into a neighbor’s house in Oregon — then scampered home, sat on the couch and watched cartoons, authorities said.

The 3-year-old boy was under his mother’s watch in Myrtle Creek when the incident happened last week, Police Officer Kevin Taggart said.

She was not paying attention to him and he found the keys, got inside the car and knocked it out of gear, according to Taggart.

A witness called 911 after seeing the child rolling by in the Jeep and past an intersection before hitting the house. Sensing he was in trouble, the toddler jumped out of the car and dashed home.

“An officer went to the boy’s home — and the boy was sitting on the couch watching cartoons like nothing ever happened,” Taggart said.

Police cited the mother for failure to supervise the child following the incident Tuesday. The homeowner and the child’s mother have made a civil arrangement on the repair to the house, authorities said.

“We want to encourage parents to remember that children are very crafty in finding ways to get in trouble and for parents to be very vigilant,” Taggart said.

Before the accident, an officer saw the boy sitting in the car and warned a relative to keep an eye on him, authorities said.

At the time, when the officer knocked on door, a relative watching the child was sleeping.


  • j r nance (@rnance1950)

    If this Jeep with the child “Driving” the vehicle had hit another car & somebody died, this would be an entirely different story, luck luck luck all the way around & that’s a good thing!!!

  • angel

    Why was a 3 year old outside alone 2 times that day. People don’t watch kids anymore. 3 is not grown enough to do anything alone. Under supervisor this would not have happened. Thank God this boy is still alive because much worse could have happened.

  • its my business

    Can you say Emergency Brake? We don’t even have toddlers, but we ALWAYS and I mean always, put the emergency brake on. I have had a car from across the street roll over the street and through my yard and inot my basement wndow. It would be nice if car manufacturers included a feature where the Emergency brake was automatically engaged and you had to hit a button or do something once the car was turned on to disengage the emergency brake. Thank goodness, my younger children at the time were not playing in the yard or the street. we live at the end of a cul-de-sac. No cars come down this way. Jeez.

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