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Woman Drove Teen Son to Store, Which He Then Robbed: Police

Florida mother faces charges including child neglect
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2020 4:32 PM CST

(Newser) – It's not unusual for a parent to chauffeur their children and their friends around town. But investigators in Florida say Amanda Chere Meador was more than a thoughtful parent, she was an accomplice, the Smoking Gun reports. After being driven to a Circle K store in Winter Springs with two friends, her 15-year-old son allegedly walked in with a handgun and handed a note demanding money to the cashier. He was wearing a mask, officials say; it was Halloween. The teenager left the store with the cash and got into a minivan, which stopped briefly so the robber could go back for cash he'd dropped, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office's report. The son's name was not released.

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Investigators matched fingerprints on the note with those of Meador's son. The report says Meador knew her son was going to rob the store and encouraged him; the minivan's license plate had been obscured. Meador is jailed without bond awaiting arraignment. She's charged with child neglect, in addition to armed robbery. "She served as a lookout," a sheriff's spokesman said, per KFVS. "It was a terrible decision on her part." No information was released on the other passengers in the minivan. (Read more armed robbery stories.)

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