Indianapolis woman charged with neglect after allegedly letting 8-year-old drive vehicle

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Shari Cummings


Shari Cummings pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent on Oct. 2, 2017. She was sentenced to 361 days of probation.


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis woman is accused of letting an 8-year-old boy drive a black 2008 Ford Fusion.

Metro police were called to the incident near N. Emerson Ave. and E. 10th St. at approximately 12:23 p.m. Saturday. The caller said the Fusion was driving all over the road and believed a child was driving.

Officers saw the car pulling out of a Dairy Queen parking lot. It nearly hit three cars, which all swerved into traffic to avoid collision. The car then nearly struck a police vehicle. The officer noticed the boy driving was about 6 years old.

The officer approached the car and a woman in the passenger seat, identified as 23-year-old Shari Cummings, grabbed the steering wheel from the boy and yelled “Go,” according to court documents. The officer ordered them to stop and Cummings was taken into custody.

The boy told officers she “wanted to teach him how to drive.”

Cummings is now facing a neglect of a dependent charge. The boy was released to his mother, who believed Cummings was taking him to the gas station to get a fidget spinner. She said her son always talked about driving a car.

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