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3-year-old crashes Jeep into neighbor's house

3-Year-Old Crashes Jeep Into Neighbor's House

An Oregon 3-year-old is doing okay after taking his aunt's Jeep for a ride earlier this week -- and crashing it into the neighbor's house.

KOIN says police had first seen the boy sitting inside the Jeep, alone, earlier in the day -- and according to Minneapolis Star Tribune, he was wearing only a diaper.

When the boy told police another relative who was supposed to be watching him was asleep, that relative was given a warning for not being attentive.

The station says that same relative was either asleep or in the bathroom when the boy got back in the Jeep and crashed.

This is what the car owner had to say to KPTV about the incident: "As he hit the house, he got out of the Jeep and ran back across the street to home and sat on the couch like nothing happened."

To be clear, the toddler didn't drive the car. Reports say he knocked the manual transmission into neutral -- causing it to roll into the neighbor's house. His story reminds us of some other miniature car thieves, though.

Just last month, WITI reported a 9-year-old boy in Wisconsin was somehow able to drive a car from a boat dealership and go a few miles before he and his 4-year-old passenger were stopped. The kids told police they were heading to their grandma's house.

Last year, the Detroit Free Press pointed out that a Michigan 6-year-old took his family's car for a spin to go to a Chinese restaurant. When police questioned him, he said he was going to take the car to the dealer get repaired.

Again, the boy in this week's story is thankfully okay. Police say that he ran away from the crash site and went inside his house to watch cartoons. The relative who was watching the boy was cited for the incident.

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coopdabomb July 25 2014 at 3:31 PM

Wow, not one post about the people who were supposed to be watching him. I hope you 3 are not parents

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boardsrbetter July 25 2014 at 2:53 PM

hahahahahaha, he ran back home and sat on the couch! :D

Can't even be mad at the cuttle little heathen!

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Mike July 26 2014 at 7:33 AM

It's all fun and games until your little brat kills someone.

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CAMERON Mike July 28 2014 at 12:46 PM

I hope the homeowner. Get money from the. Brat's parent's. for All damage done to their. Home.

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rolfsbug July 25 2014 at 2:59 PM

I've seen this happen time, time and again. I remember over40 years ago when a neighbors child climbed into his fathers station wagon and knocked it into neutral and the car with the child rolled into the street. Cars need to be locked around kids, especially older cars without locking steering columns or cars with stick shift transmissions

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beatlesmann July 25 2014 at 5:52 PM

What seems just as odd is that a 3 year old is still in diapers.

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montrealexpos10 beatlesmann July 26 2014 at 7:47 AM

Yea, I was out of them by the time I turned 3

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selena2v beatlesmann July 28 2014 at 10:04 AM

My son just turned 3 and is still in diapers...there's nothing odd about that at all. Most 3 year olds are, especially boys. Between 2 and 3 is the norm.

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Vimala Nowlis July 26 2014 at 7:03 AM

Where were this darn kid's irresponsible parents?

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lpengrg July 26 2014 at 12:41 AM

IT takes a real moron not to put the parking brake on, not to mention leaving a child in the vehicle.

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montrealexpos10 July 26 2014 at 7:46 AM

Um, should 3 year olds already be potty trained or at least in good progress in it? Parents these days are too lazy to toilet train them.

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CAMERON July 28 2014 at 12:42 PM

Well the parent's are Now responsible. For the damages done to the House the 3 yr old did. .

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brachm5 July 26 2014 at 6:00 AM

Way to go family!!!!

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