Mother arrested for towing kids in a wagon behind her car (photo)


An Oregon woman was arrested by authorities on Wednesday after she admitted to towing her children behind her car in a wagon attached to a rope.

Alana Nicole Donahue, 27, placed her 2-year-old daughter, 4-year-old son, and 8-year-old nephew in a tiny plastic red wagon going around a busy roundabout multiple times during rush hour.

Donahue was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment with a third charge now pending because police were not initially aware of the third child.

Donahue told police she was “showing the kids a good time,” and only driving 5 miles per hour. But according to other drivers on the road, they saw differently.

One witness said they saw the youngest child crying after the wagon went up on two wheels due to how fast Donohue was driving. She added that Donohue then proceeded to pull over and bring the toddler inside the car before driving off  with the 4-year-old and the 8-year-old still in the wagon.

Officers say Donahue did not appear to be under the influence of intoxicants. Donahue was booked at the Springfield Municipal Jail.

Department of Human Services have placed the children with another person.

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