Woman Arrested After Abandoning Teenage Son In Clarksville
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A 42-year-old mother from Alabama turned herself into police after leaving her son on the side of the road in Clarksville.
Officials said the woman, Cheryl Simpson, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail Monday around 5:45 a.m. on charged of child abuse, neglect, reckless endangerment and leaving the scene on an accident.
Simpson was in Clarksville Friday evening with her 16-year-old son during a trip to visit her boyfriend in Woodlawn, about 10 miles away.
The teen told police his mother had been driving while under the influence of alcohol. Simpson apparently rear-ended a vehicle on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard and fled the scene.
After repeatedly asking his mother to pull over and stop the car, he jumped out when the car came to a stop for a red light at Forest Hills Road.
Police said Simpson yelled for the teen to get back in the vehicle, cursed at him and got back on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard. She continued home to Alabama, leaving the teen behind.
According to a press release from the Clarksville Police Department, officers made contact with Simpson on the phone around 11:30 p.m. It was then that police discovered she had made the return trip home.
Simpson allegedly told police she would return to pick up her son, but would not give details on when she would do so.
Warrants were then issued for Simpson's arrest.
The teen's father came from Ohio to pick the boy up.