4-Year-Old Takes Car Keys, Goes For Joyride

At four-years-old, many children still can't ride a bike, but one Kentucky boy took it one step further.

The Lincoln County boy wanted to go to his grandmother's house, so he took the car keys and his little brother and left.

It happened on Saturday on Maxi Ridge Road in Lincoln County.

Sheriff Curt Folger says the boy took off while his mother and her boyfriend were asleep. The Sheriff says the boy got in the car, adjusted the seat and somehow got the car turned around.

The four-year-old didn't make it very far, crashing the car through a fence and some trees. Neither boy was hurt in the crash.

The Sheriff says when the boy's mother's boyfriend, Douglas Bell, got to the scene he was upset and made a move like he was going to hurt the boy or a deputy. Bell was arrested and charged with menacing.

The boy's mother has been reported to child protective services in Jessamine County where she lives.


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  • by sheila Location: middleburg on Aug 17, 2008 at 08:48 PM
    thanks for all of u people who realize this is not all it seems to be. the "boyfriend" is my brother and he would not hurt a child even if in this case the child did need a spanking to make sure it did not happen again. i said spanking not beating. children never get spanked nowadays, is that maybe a sign of all of this child crime running rampant. not necessarily 2 or 4 year olds but it starts somewhere. my sister and i put other comments on here when this first happened but they did not get printed. how convenient.
  • by Stephanie S Location: Virginia Beach on Aug 5, 2008 at 05:57 AM
    I'm not sure what the situation is here, but it's something my kid would do. My son is very bright and determined and those children are often the hardest to deal with (but also a joy as well - the questions they ask are priceless). My son knows how to creep out of bed to get into things without waking my husband and I - and I imagine these kids do as well. I think the people complaining here are childless or never tried raising a child with a high IQ.
  • by grumpy on Aug 5, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    allie its my typing not my spelling you should learn manners and not put people down
  • by Polly Location: Richmond on Aug 4, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    Most of these comments are funny. Children are smarter than anyone gives them credit for. When I was a kid, I'd gotten a spanking for that one. Not a beating, but a spanking. That is what is wrong with this world. Far as Mom goes, who knows why she's single. Maybe the childrens father was abusive or maybe he left him. So what if she has a boyfriend, she may just to be a better judge of character. Sure the baby wanted his Nanna, all kids do! Doesn't matter if they have it all at home, no one beats Nanna. These things happen. If the children were covered in bruises from abuse they would need to be taken. I agree small children need to under eye at all times. But we don't exactly know what time this happened. Kids are sneeky, they are kids and these are the things that children will do. I'm glad no one was injured. There is no need for the harsh Judgements to be passed. Take a good look at KY, take a good look at yourself for that matter.
  • by Jennifer Location: lexington on Aug 4, 2008 at 11:01 AM
    I've never been on a site like this before and am sad to know there are individuals passing such extreme judgement with minimal information. While looking for information, this site came up and unfortunately I glanced at this article and the responses that followed. Some of the opinions regarding parenting and lifestyle indicate perfection on the part of those writing in. The harsh reality is, you've condemned this woman and passed judgements you are not informed enough to make. Nothing was ever said about drugs or alcohol. You assumed the worst. And, shared it as though it were fact. The ones who should be more aware may be You, the ones passing judgement.
  • by Jerry Location: Lexington on Aug 4, 2008 at 10:12 AM
    I just picked up my telephone book and looked for someone with the last name of Anonymous. I can't find it anywhere. Where are all the people with this name coming from? I'll agree with Ann Onnimus from michigan and reserve the rest of my comments because I know they won't print them.
  • by feh Location: wisconsin on Aug 4, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    I think they were probably just really GREAT parents who have taught their son independence and how to care for himself. They probably said, "listen, we work 3 jobs each to pay for you. We need some sleep, take the car and your brother to grandma's like we taught you". Hell, this kid will probably have his own business by the time he's 10. Kids can learn if you take the time to teach them, as this couple obviously did.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    how was the kid able to use the gas pedal?
  • by Ann Onnimus Location: michigan on Aug 4, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    I have to laugh at all the dolts who are being apologists for this man and woman, who clearly aren't qualified to be parents. Likely your homes are as out of control and your lives as messy and morally questionable as theirs. "Sleeping" my patootie. Passed out more likely. Poor kids.
  • by Allie on Aug 4, 2008 at 04:45 AM
    Hey grumpy; please learn to spell and form a coherent sentence or people will believe this 4 year old is smarter than you. Then again...he probably (or probly as you put it) is smarter than you already.

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