In the Land of the Prairie Gods

Filed under:Mothering,Sad — posted by Anwyn on August 30, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

So I saw this over at Dawn Summers’s, moused over the link and saw it was to someplace called “indychannel,” hazily thought “independent” for “indy” … and then saw that the story took place in Lafayette. Alas, “indy” did not mean “independent” at all.

“So I approach the car, and the windows came down and there’s a toddler on his knees, controlling the steering wheel,” Barrett told 6News’ Jennifer Carmack on Thursday.

Barrett said she saw Holly Schnobrich buckled in the front passenger seat, and the 3-year-old was crawling in the back.

Lafayette, Indiana. Where the engineers go to school but where most of them aren’t born and raised … except this guy. If he’s driving at five, he should do fine.

Holly Schnobrich told investigators that she let Weston drive because she was too impaired to operate the vehicle, police said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, she admitted taking the prescription painkiller Percocet and vodka.

“(Schnobrich) informed the officer that she took Perocet not for pain control … but she took it when the children acted up,” Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said.

My heart bleeds for the kids in Child Services, but I devoutly hope to all the PGs (who must have been watching over this child) that Prosecutor Harrington fixes it so that that wreck of a “mother” never gets the chance again to ruin those bright kids.

Weston said the incident won’t stop him from wanting to drive in the future.

“I want to be a race car driver when I grow up,” he said.

Update: Over to you, Gib, for the funny closer.


  1. heh… I’m originally from Indiana and my wife lived there for 13 years (we went to IU though — not that Bloomington and the surrounding area don’t have some scary townies). She still check regularly.

    Comment by ChuckFoxtrot — August 30, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

  2. Yeah, I have a special anger at stories of dangerous mothers coming out of my home state. :( I didn’t go to Purdue myself but knew lots … and lots … who did.

    Comment by Anwyn — August 30, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

  3. Back when I was 3, I used to drive all the time.

    Comment by Daddyman — August 30, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

  4. Ha. Ha.

    Comment by Anwyn — August 30, 2007 @ 9:21 pm

  5. Back when I was 3, I used to drive all the time.

    I guess we just won’t tell your mother what you’re implying here, eh?

    Comment by Anwyn — August 30, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

  6. The article didn’t mention whether or not the child driver was wearing a seat belt. Safety first. Click it or ticket.

    Comment by Allen — August 31, 2007 @ 6:33 am

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