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Breast-feeding driver charged

The Ohio woman is charged with child endangering for holding a youngster on her lap as she drove.

March 01, 2009|Associated Press

KETTERING, OHIO — Police in Ohio say a woman has been charged with child endangering after another motorist reported she was both breast-feeding a youngster and talking on a cellphone while driving.

Police in the Dayton suburb of Kettering say the caller told them he saw the woman Thursday morning and followed her to a school parking lot.

Officer Michael Burke says authorities used a license plate number to track down Genine Compton, 39.

He said Compton told officers she was breast-feeding and wouldn't let her child go hungry.

Burke said the legal concern is that Compton had a child in her lap while driving -- not that she was breast-feeding in public. He said the child was younger than 2.

Police say the woman faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,800 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor.

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