#childabuse | Mother arrested for letting 12-year-old drive, police say

A mother was arrested for child neglect and allowing a child to drive in Gulf Breeze, Florida Monday morning at approximately midnight, according to authorities.

According to Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, authorities pulled the vehicle over as it was swerving on Highway 98′s westbound lanes. The deputy observed that the driver of the car was an unlicensed 12-year-old boy with two other juveniles in the back seat of the vehicle.

The adult parent, Francisca Darla Saria, 43 of Milton, Florida, was arrested and charged with permitting an unauthorized minor to drive, which is a felony. She was also charged with child neglect, expired registration, and no proof of insurance.

Bond was set at $23,000.

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