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Texas Mom Charged for Allowing Daughter, 11, to Drive Alone

A 25-year-old Houston-area woman is charged with two counts of child endangerment for allowing her 11-year-old daughter to drive her 10-year-old brother home with no adult in their SUV.

Police in Pasadena, southeast of Houston, found the 11-year-old behind the wheel when she was pulled over for speeding, driving 49 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Police spokesman Vance Mitchell said the girl said her mother had allowed her drive previously but this was the first time alone with her brother.

Maria DeJesus Lopez is free on $3,000 bond after a court appearance Monday. Court records show she doesn't have an attorney.

Prosecutors said a relative had Lopez's children and Lopez told her it was all right to let her daughter drive herself and her brother home.

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