KETTERING, Ohio — Police in Ohio said a woman has been charged with child endangerment after another motorist reported she was both breast-feeding a youngster and talking on a phone while driving.
Police in the Dayton suburb of Kettering said the caller told them he saw the woman Thursday morning. According to the Dayton Daily News, the caller saw the woman drive her Honda minivan into a school parking lot and let out some children.
The paper reported he said: "I tried to say something to her. She literally has the little girl on the steering wheel and I said, 'I can't believe you have that kid in your lap and she said, 'You want to pop your (breast) out and breastfeed this kid?' That's what she said to me. I'm like, 'You can feed your kid when you stop.' It's like wet out here. It's full of traffic. It's ridiculous. She's got like three other kids in the car."
So he gave police her license number.
Officer Michael Burke said authorities used a license plate number to locate 39-year-old Genine Compton.
He said the woman 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 under 2 years old.
Police said the woman faces up to 180 days in jail and a $1,800 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor. She was also charged with unlawfully restraining her child.