Charges recommended after 9-year-old goes on joyride for second time

CREATED Jul 14, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 15, 2014

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WEST BEND -- West Bend police are recommening child neglect charges against three adult relatives after a 9-year-old boy took a car on a joy ride not once, but twice in the past month.

The child drove six miles in his stepfather's car Sunday morning, before he swerved into a ditch. Just a few weeks ago, he took a stranger's car from the parking lot of a boat dealership on Highway 33 in Barton. Both times, he had his 4-year-old cousin with him.

Luckily, no one was injured in either case.

Other drivers called 911 both times to report the young driver speeding and swerving.

The Washington County District Attorney will ultimately decide whether to file child neglect charges against the boy's three relatives.

Meanwhile, Today's TMJ4 has learned the family in question has already experienced unthinkable tragedy due to a car crash. A relative confirms that the 9-year-old driver's older sibling died four years ago after she made a sudden U-turn into the path of a pick-up truck. She was a senior at West Bend High School.