Fort Mill Mom Arrested Accused of Driving with Young Son on Car Roof
FORT MILL, S.C. – A Fort Mill mom is locked up, accused of driving around with her seven-year-old son riding on the roof of the car.
Investigators are crediting two witnesses for alerting police.
“Putting your child in danger, to me, it just doesn’t make any sense,” says Fort Mill resident Jeff Bernard.
29-year-old Tabitha Barrett is locked up in the York County Jail, charged with Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child.
“If you’ve got a seven-year-old kid, you know, riding on the roof of a car, what are you thinking?” Bernard asks.
A neighbor, who didn’t want to show her face on camera, calls it child abuse.
“What if he’d fell off that car? She could have run over top of him,” she says.
When confronted by an officer, that mom denied her son had been riding on top of the car, but the seven-year-old boy told a different story and admitted it happened.
“Well obviously, this type of incident had a very high potential, extremely high potential for that child to end up seriously injured or worse,” says Major Bryan Zachary, with Fort Mill, SC Police.
Police say the officer noticed Barrett seemed to have trouble focusing and appeared to have an “altered mental status.” But investigators don’t believe there was any drug or alcohol impairment involved.
The seven-year-old boy is now in the custody of his grandmother.