Florida mom drove getaway car for 15-year-old son during robbery, deputies say

Posted at 8:27 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 08:37:41-05

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV/CNN) — Deputies say a Florida mother and her 15-year-old son are both facing charges after he robbed a convenience store at gunpoint while she acted as the lookout and getaway driver.

Amanda Meador was charged with robbery with a firearm and neglect of a child in connection to the robbery.

According to authorities, Meador drove her son and two others to the store. Deputies say her teenage son allegedly entered the store wearing a mask and holding a firearm, and demanded money from a fearful cashier.

Deputies say Meador backed up her minivan to the store while the robbery was happening.

“(She) was a willing participant in that she knew that this armed robbery was going to happen, she served as a lookout and she was also there as this minor (escaped) from the store,” Seminole County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Kealing said.

Surveillance cameras captured the entire robbery, but forensic evidence from a note containing Meador’s son’s fingerprints that was left behind led authorities to the arrest.

Deputies say they found a mask and clothing that matched what the robber wore during a search of Meadors’ home.

“Had the store clerk decided to use some force to defend themselves, this minor could have been injured or even killed,” Kealing said. “It was a terrible decision on (his mother’s) part.”

Courtesy WFTV via CNN Newsource