Springfield mom arrested for using auto to tow kids


An Oregon woman was arrested on Wednesday after she towed three small children in a plastic wagon while driving her vehicle down a roundabout filled with heavy traffic.

At one point, witnesses told police that the 2-year-old began crying as the wagon went up on two wheels before Donohue stopped the vehicle and put that child in the auto with her and continued pulling the other two children behind her auto.

At least four drivers called police after seeing the woman in a white Ford Taurus pulling the wagon in the traffic circle at South 42nd Street and Jasper Road.

Donahue attempted to walk away from her vehicle with her children when police arrived and eventually arrested her.

At least one witness took photos and videos of the incident, the logs state.

In a police document, Lieutenant McKee said: 'Witnesses reported Donohue was indignant when confronted by motorists pleading with her to stop, telling them to "mind your own business".

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When confronted by police, Donohue told an officer she didn't know why everyone was making such a big deal, saying she was just trying to show them a good time.

Lieutenant Scott McKee confirmed that Donohue is the mother of the two younger children and the older boy is her nephew.

They also say the children and the wagon were nearly hit when the auto pulled into a nearby store.

Police have ruled out drugs or alcohol as factors related to this incident.

Donohue is facing three charges of reckless endangering, though the children were not hurt.

Officers contacted the Department of Human Services who placed the children with another person.