WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A suburban West Palm Beach mother is facing child abuse charges after her young daughter was riding a small plastic tricycle next to a busy road.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said that a deputy was on routine patrol in the Southern Boulevard Pines neighborhood when the he spotted a child riding the tricycle next to Wallis Road.
Deputies said that the speed limit on Wallis Road is 30 mph and is heavily traveled.
According to investigators, the tricycle was so small that it was difficult to see by drivers.
The girl told the deputy that she was going to see her father and was able to identify her house.
PBSO says that when they went to the house it was unlocked and the door was wide open.
The mother, Linnea Hopper, was asleep when deputies arrived.
Deputies said the locks on the door were too high for the child to reach and the door was left open and unsecure.
PBSO said that Hopper failed to supervise her child, and she could have been struck by a vehicle.
Hopper was arrested on child abuse charges.