Grandparents in Sarasota Charged with Child Endangerment
Two Sarasota grandparents have been arrested charged with child endangerment, the charges also involve alcohol. Many times, child abuse, child neglect, and child endangerment often involves alcohol or drug abuse. When authorities are called to
confront a set of parents or guardians, it’s usually because a relative,
teacher, or some sort of witness has personally seen the child’s
parents abuse or neglect the child. Often times the abuse or neglect
only happens with alcohol. This can be a very tricky situation because
the parents or guardians feel they have not done anything wrong.
Grandparents Charged with Child Endangerment
According to an article in WPTV News, two Florida grandparents have been arrested after police say they hooked their granddaughter’s plastic toy car to their SUV and gave her a ride. A Sarasota County deputy said he spotted the 7-year-old wearing a bathing suit and no helmet as she was towed behind the SUV Sunday. Her toy car was tied to a trailer hitch with dog leashes. She was not harmed.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports the vehicle was traveling less than 10 mph. Paul Berloni, the grandfather, was charged with driving under the influence, child endangerment and driving with a suspended license. Belinda Berloni, the grandmother, also faces a child endangerment charge. Both admitted they had been drinking. Belinda said they were just having fun and had been towing the child all day.
The couple remained in jail without bail.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI with a minor in the vehicle, the charges are much more serious than if you had been in the vehicle alone. This is a charge that is not taken lightly by the court and you are going to need all the experienced help you can get from a criminal defense lawyer. Call a DUI Lawyer immediately after your arrest.