Careless mum fined for driving at 60mph with terrified son, 4, clinging to the ROOF for 20 minutes

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A CARELESS mum has been fined for driving at 60mph with her terrified toddler clinging to the ROOF of her car for 20 minutes.

Shocking CCTV footage showed the four-year-old boy holding on for his life as the Holden jeep sped trough Perth, Australia, in January.

This is the moment a child held onto the roof of a car for ten minutes after its mum didn't realise he was up there
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A toddler was filmed clinging on to the roof of his mum’s car as she drove at 60mph without realising he was there[/caption]

Erica Shadforth was fined £640 and banned from driving for three months

The child, wearing just a nappy, had climbed onto the roof as mum Erica Shadforth briefly went inside.

She was unaware her son was in danger while horrified onlookers desperately tried to get her attention by flashing their lights and honking horns.

At one point the child lost his grip and almost tumbled off the car, witnesses said.

Eventually the mum pulled over and placed the boy unrestrained in the car with two other her other children, 9News reported.

‘UNDER EXTREME STRESS’

Shadforth was under extreme stress at the time as she tried to cope with looking after six young children – aged between nine and five-months-old, her lawyer said.

But they added that this did not excuse her careless actions.

Shadforth was yesterday fined AU$1,200 (£646) and banned from driving for three months.


The magistrate labelled the incident as “mind-boggling”.

Police said at the time of her arrest: “Police observed three children in the car, two secured in child restraint seats, however it will be alleged that a four-year-old boy was unrestrained.”

The mum was filmed speeding through Perth, Western Australia and drivers desperately tried to catch her attention
NINE NEWS

The mum was filmed speeding through Perth, Australia, as drivers desperately tried to catch her attention[/caption]

The car was seen speeding travelling along Wright Road, Perth just before 6pm on Friday
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The car was seen speeding travelling along Wright Road, Perth[/caption]


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