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article imageBreast-feeding Driver was Belligerent, Says Fellow Motorist

By Christine Mattice     Mar 5, 2009 in Crime
Quick. What is a woman called when she breast-feeds her child AND talks on the phone AND chews out a fellow motorist--while driving a car? Well, in Kettering, Ohio she is called “charged with child endangerment.”
Last week, another motorist spotted 39-year-old Genine Compton multi-tasking on the road, wrote down her license plate number, and called police. When police located her, Compton told them that the breast-feeding part was because her child was hungry and she needed to feed him.
And the telephone part?
Compton didn’t say.
The male motorist, who reported Compton to police, told Sky News:
I tried to say something to her. She literally has the little girl on the steering wheel and I said ‘I can’t believe you have that kid in your lap’ and she said ‘you want to pop your t***y out and feed this kid?’
The motorist said that he tried to convince her to pull over to feed her child, but that she had refused. It was then that he called police.
Officer Michael Burke told the Associated Press that the "child endangering" charge against Compton has nothing to do with her public breast-feeding, but everything to do with driving with her child on her lap. In Ohio, all children under two years old, as is the case with Compton’s child, are required to be secured in a car seat while traveling in a motor vehicle.
If convicted, Compton could serve 180 days in jail and pay a $1,800 fine.
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