Wheelchair Mom Charged With Abuse
Nov. 12, 1998
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) _ A disabled woman who runs errands in her motorized wheelchair with her 4-year-old daughter strapped onto her lap has been charged with child endangering.
Kelly Dillery, 30, who has muscular dystrophy, could be fined $1,000 and given six months in jail if convicted on the misdemeanor. She rejected an offer to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and accept a suspended fine.
``What's the difference with a parent putting a 4-year-old child on a lawn mower with them or on a bicycle,'' her lawyer, Linda Van Tine, asked Wednesday. ``I have to wonder why the charges were brought up.''
Police said Ms. Dillery was charged because they were concerned that she was riding in the street with her daughter.
``She's so low she's very difficult to see at times,'' said Robert Runner, an assistant police chief.
Ms. Dillery said she often takes her daughter, Kelsi, to the playground, library or grocery store in the wheelchair. They try to travel on sidewalks but are sometimes forced into the street, she said.