Mother Charged, Made Children Walk To School

Posted at 4:27 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 17:27:15-04

A Marion County mother has been facing child neglect charges after deputies said she made her daughters walk to school.

The Chattanooga Times Free-Press reported 32-year-old Lisa Marie Palmer was charged after authorities found her driving ahead of her daughters as she made them walk to school.

Marion County sheriff's deputy Chris Ladd, who spotted the two girls, said it appeared as if Palmer was driving ahead of her children and allowing them to catch up to her car until the kids reached the school.

Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said Palmer told deputies her daughters were being punished for missing the bus.

Palmer has been scheduled for an initial court appearance on April 18. Court officials said she doesn't have an attorney yet.