Florida girl takes unexpected ride

Sunday, June 15, 2003

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A 7-year-old took an unexpected ride when her mother's illegally parked minivan was towed with the girl inside.

The girl was inside the van Tuesday morning when it was towed from a parking lot, said police Sgt. Orlando Rolon.

The girl was discovered a few blocks later when the tow truck driver stopped to check on a loose wheel strap and noticed her, police said.

The tow truck driver wasn't cited for towing an occupied vehicle because he didn't know the girl was inside, Rolon said.

Under state law, the mother could have been charged with child neglect if the child had been younger than 6.

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