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Girls Grandparents Tow Her Toy Car Behind Their SUV

A wild ride for a 7 year old Florida girl when her Grandparents decided to pull her toy car with their SUV!

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APRIL 30–The grandparents of a seven-year-old Florida girl were arrested yesterday after they allegedly got drunk and used their SUV to tow the child while she was seated in a plastic Hot Wheels car.

(Yep, the battery powered plastic kind)

Paul Berloni, 49, and Belinda Jean Berloni, 47, were busted Sunday afternoon after a sheriff’s deputy spotted them pulling the girl’s toy car, which was attached to the SUV by a pair of dog leashes. The child, who was not injured, was only wearing a swimsuit “and had no protective gear on whatsoever,”according to a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office report.

(Protective gear?  Would that really have made everything ok?)

A deputy estimated that the Hot Wheels car was traveling between 5-10 miles per hour when a traffic stop was executed. Paul Berloni, who was driving the SUV, reeked of booze, had watery and bloodshot eyes, and his speech was “slowed and slurred.” When asked for his driver’s license, Berloni said that it was “revoked for 10 years for a DUI.”

(Here is my surprised face!)

When the child’s father, Justin Oetting, arrived at the scene, he became very upset at his mother, a deputy noted. He asked Belinda Berloni, “Are you (BEEP) stupid you should know better.” The girl was placed in Oetting’s custody.

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