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.
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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.