Parents arrested for riding moped with 5-month-old between them


SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Two parents are each facing two counts of felony child neglect after authorities caught the couple traveling on a moped with their five-month-old child between them. 

Authorities received calls on Wednesday afternoon about a moped traveling around Plank Road and Salem Church Road with a “very young child” riding as a passenger. 

Spotsylvania deputies located the moped near the area of the Lookout Terrace Apartments.

The driver of the moped, 26-year old Cane Hartwick Jr., and a female passenger, 24-year old Athena Colon, were seen with the child “positioned between them on the moped while traveling on the highway,” according to a release from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a prime example of how the community and Law Enforcement can work together to ensure the safety of our youth,” Sheriff Roger L. Harris said.     

Hartwick and Colon were arrested for felony child neglect after social services and the Child Victims Unit conducted an investigation into the child’s condition. 

The child was treated for a severe rash at a nearby hospital, according to the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office. 

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