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Drunk Florida Mom Had Kid Blow Into Breathalyzer To Start Car: Cops

"Whenever I picked him up from day care he wanted mommy's car because he thought it was a toy."
April King
 
April King  

A Florida woman is accused of having her 4-year-old son blow into a Breathalyzer to start her car while she was inebriated.

Police in Apopka responded to a call at Froggers Grill and Bar last Sunday after April King, 35, allegedly left her two small children in a car while she went to go drink, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The kids, ages 2 and 4, were in the car for about 20 minutes while King was at the bar, police said. 

In body camera video captured by an officer, King's son can be seen climbing to the front of the car and blowing into the Breathalyzer, designed to keep drunk drivers from starting their vehicles.

King's husband, Doug, told WFTV that his son had previously told him he would blow into the device for his mom.

"He [told me] whenever I went to pick him up from day care," Doug King told the station. "He usually gets excited to go home in my truck, but whenever I picked him up from day care he wanted mommy's car because he thought it was a toy."

Doug King said he installed the device himself, and feels it's best his wife stay in jail.

"I think this is the best thing for her," he said. "Rehab hasn't worked and she hasn't learned anything from it."

April King was charged with child neglect and held on a $1,500 bond. 

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