Mom gets probation for letting 10-year-old drive
BRIDGEPORT -A Monroe woman, who police said let her 10-year-old drive her car while she recorded it for Facebook, was granted a probation program Friday.
Lisa Nussbaum, 38, of Meadow Brook Drive, let out a loud sigh of relief and promised she would never do it again after Superior Court Judge William Holden granted her accelerated rehabilitation.
The judge let her dangle for a few moments as he lectured her about the seriousness of her actions and his concern the video of her son driving was still available on Facebook.
However, in the end he granted her the program and ordered her placed on two years’ probation. He also ordered her to cooperate with an investigation by the state Department of Children and Families into the incident.
Under accelerated rehabilitation, a pretrial program for nonviolent offenders, Nussbaum did not plead guilty to the charge against her, risk of injury to a minor, but was placed on probation. If she commits no other crimes during that probation the charge against her will be dismissed.
Monroe police said they received a number of calls last month from residents that they had seen a video posted on Nussbaum’s Facebook account showing Nussbaum’s son driving the car through a residential neighborhood.
Police said the video, which they viewed, was taken from the passenger seat of Nussbaum’s Jeep Grand Cherokee.
In the video, police said they could hear Nussbaum giving her son directions as the boy, who did not appear to be wearing a seatbelt, drove the car at a moderate speed.
At one point police said they heard the boy exclaim, “This is fun.”
Police said when they later confronted Nussbaum she admitted she let the boy drive.