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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
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(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.

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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