Archive for Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lawrence woman charged with aggravated child endangerment

August 15, 2012


Douglas County prosecutors have filed two aggravated child endangerment charges against a 49-year-old Lawrence woman who let a 13-year-old drive a car that struck a telephone pole in North Lawrence.

Lori Jane Huske was arrested Wednesday morning on a warrant in the case, and Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson said Huske was charged with recklessly placing two children, ages 7 and 13, in danger.

Lawrence police said the crash occurred about 5 p.m. July 14 near North Second and Lyons streets. Officers said Huske allowed the 13-year-old to take the wheel as they traveled there from Jefferson County, apparently to learn how to drive. A 7-year-old child was also inside the vehicle.

As they entered Lawrence, the plan was to switch back so Huske could drive in town, but as they were pulling into a parking lot, the car struck the pole. All three occupants were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by ambulance with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Huske posted $1,000 bond Wednesday and was given notice to appear in court Aug. 28.


53girl 5 years, 10 months ago

You don't really know the situation; it is not a felony by any means. Poor judgement on her part, for having the kid drive on the highway, but certainly not aggravated!

pagan_idolator 5 years, 10 months ago

I know the situation as this was my granddaughter driving and Lori is her step-aunt on my ex-husbands side. My 7 year old grandson was in the back seat and was not only injured but horrifically traumatized. Lori was taking them to a family reunion and I have no idea why she thought it would be a good idea to let a 13 year old who has never driven and is still a couple of years away from even being able to take drivers ed drive a car from Topeka to Lawrence. As I have custody of this 13 year old it was neither Lori's responsibility nor place to teach her how to drive. I thought I could trust her to safely transport the children but I was wrong. All three were injured - Lori the most. Not sure if it is considered a felony or not but it scares me to think what could have happened to them or to anyone else on that road that day.

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