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Drunk mom drives to liquor store with daughter clinging to car

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Some neighborhood kids playing outside of their townhome community in Farmington, Minnesota heard a desperate cry for help coming from an eight-year-old girl next door.  Last Monday, they witnessed the girl jumping onto the side of her mother’s car, holding on to the handle.

Minnesota mom arrested with .30 blood alcohol level, nearly four times the legal limit, after flinging young daughter off of car.
Minnesota mom arrested with .30 blood alcohol level, nearly four times the legal limit, after flinging young daughter off of car.

46-year-old Rena Mae Giancherio was allegedly drunk behind the wheel, while her 8-year-old daughter clung to the outside of her car, screaming for her mother not to go. The little girl got dragged through her neighborhood as she gripped onto the driver’s side running board, screaming and banging on the car window, KARE reported.

She eventually jumped off the car and fell into the road, luckily only suffering a few minor scrapes and bruises. Her mom just kept driving.

16-year-old Terry Heller witnessed the whole thing. “I went over to check on her and her knees are all cut up, she’s on the curb just crying, and the mom is already gone, just drove off, she didn’t stop or look down,” Heller said.

His mother, Corrine Reilly, is the one who made the call to 911.  “I came outside checked on her and I told this little girl, hey, I have to call the cops, she endangered your life. She was crying and said, don’t do it, and I was like, I have to,” Reilly said.

Farmington police said Giancherio drove to the liquor store, where store surveillance video showed her clearly pulling up, and buying a large bottle of alcohol.  Afterwards, when she agreed to a preliminary breath test, Giancherio’s blood alcohol level registered at .30, nearly four times the legal limit.

Officers noted that her speech was slow and slurred and she was having a hard time standing still. “She didn’t know what time of day it was and didn’t make any sense when she spoke,” they said.

Giancherio is now facing five charges including endangering her child and third-degree DWI.  She has since posted bail and is back home, but Child Protective Services has reportedly stepped in to help the family.

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