By MARK BELL • GANNETT TENNESSEE • May 14, 2009
MURFREESBORO — A Lebanon woman was charged with felony reckless endangerment and her fourth offense of driving on a suspended license after a witness spotted a 5-year-old boy driving her van on Lokey Avenue at Memorial Boulevard.
Jessica Lynn Fistunenko, 26, later told police she had driven her van to a Memorial Boulevard store Tuesday and left the keys in the ignition while she ran in to get groceries.
A 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl were left in the vehicle, according to the report. The report did not indicate if Fistunenko was the children's parent.
Fistunenko told police that when she came out of the store the boy started her van and put it in reverse, according to Murfreesboro Police Officer Michael Payne. The van then traveled to the middle of Memorial Boulevard in the midst of rush hour traffic around 6:20 p.m. No one was injured.
"Fistunenko stated that the boy has behavioral problems," Payne reported.
The female witness who spotted the boy and called police said she saw him in the driver's seat in the middle of Memorial Boulevard when Fistunenko walked out of the store with boxes in her hand. The witness said she called because she feared for the boy's and the girl's safety.
"I placed Fistunenko into custody and transported her to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office without incident," Payne reported.
She is scheduled to appear in Rutherford County General Sessions Court July 21 to face the charges. Her bond was set at $10,000.
The report did not indicate whether child protective services were investigating, nor whether the children were turned over to a friend or relative or placed in state custody.
Here's a fucking thought... Step one: Don't leave the kids in the van. Step two: Don't leave the kids in the van... with the keys!
It is unknown if the kids are hers or not, but this deserved a mention in my long running series "People who do not deserve to have kids".