Mother charged with neglect after making children walk to school

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JASPER, Tenn. — A Tennessee mother faces child neglect charges after deputies say she made her daughters walk to school.

Lisa Marie Palmer, 32, was charged after deputies found her driving ahead of her daughters as she made them walk to school, according to The Chattanooga Times Free-Press.

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

Palmer told deputies that her daughters were being punished for missing the bus, deputies said.

Ladd cited Palmer for child neglect and began trying to arrange for the girls to get the rest of the way to school.

Palmer did not have a valid driver’s license. She could not be allowed to drive the girls on to school. When Palmer’s husband, Brandon Palmer, and his father, Douglas Palmer, arrived, officers asked for a valid driver’s license from them, according to the Times Free-Press.

Palmer is scheduled for an initial court appearance on April 18. Palmer does not have an attorney yet, court officials said.

Marion County is located just west of Chattanooga.

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