A South Carolina woman has been arrested and charged with child neglect after she allegedly recorded and posted a video of herself driving a car with her five-year-old child on the hood.
Twenty-six-year-old Thrista Miquisha Johnson surrendered last Tuesday after Rock Hill police found out about the video that was reportedly posted on Facebook. Media reports said the police issued a warrant for Johnson’s arrest.
Lt. Michael Chavis said the 20-second video was taken two days earlier near an apartment building in the city.
He revealed that the police couldn’t determine how fast the car was traveling. However, the child was not injured.
Chavis said the child was sitting near the area where the hood and the windshield meet. Johnson was driving in the apartment complex’s roadway and she made “a couple of turns before the video ended,” Chavis said.
He noted that while the video was brief, police were able to identify the apartment building.
When detectives confronted the mother, she allegedly admitted to filming the incident and said she had done something similar before.
Police say she seemed baffled as to why the police would be interested in the video.
Police notified the state’s social services department after they confirmed that Johnson was the child’s mother.
It is not clear who currently has custody of the child.
Chavis thanked the public for reaching out to the police about the video. He said the child could have easily fallen off the car. He noted that any injuries caused by hitting concrete or asphalt could have been severe.
Johnson was released and arraigned on Tuesday. The video was removed from her Facebook page.
If she is found guilty of neglect, she could spend up to ten years in prison.
If you have questions regarding child custody or other family law matters, seek advice from a car accident lawyer in Greenville, SC.