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Posted on Thu, Sep. 11, 2003

Toddler takes car for a spin
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - A 2-year-old boy slipped out of his mother's locked motel room, climbed into the family car and accidentally drove it through a door and window and into the room, authorities said.

The child, Rex Davis, was not injured and no one else was hurt in the accident Wednesday morning. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office said Rex's mother, Ginna Hopkins, was taking a shower when the boy got out.

"It's almost unbelievable that a 2-year-old could have done that," sheriff's Lt. Rod Reder said. One detective dubbed him "Little Houdini."

Hopkins had left the unlocked car in first gear, and it lurched forward about eight feet when Rex started the vehicle, crashing through a door and window at the Red Roof Inn and causing about $2,000 in damage, Reder said.

Even as one deputy investigated, Rex left the locked room again and climbed back into the car.

Hopkins declined comment. She won't be charged.

"The child was well cared for, the door was locked, and the mother has to take a shower sometime," Reder said. "She just has a very precocious child."

This could have been me! Just yesterday my 21 mo DS climbed into my car when I got home, picked up the key and put it into the ignition. He turned it so hard the key broke! Fortunately he had the wrong key and we were able to get the broken part out. I don't think he could have started it without stepping on the clutch but who knows...

A few weeks ago we were standing around the pickup truck, the kids were all in the open back, and he climbed through the back window and shifted into neutral! DH hadn't set the parking brake (
) and the truck started rolling backwards! Luckily no one was hurt and nothing was damaged. You just can't be too careful around ds...
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