A Richmond mother was charged yesterday with leaving her 8-year-old son on the side of the road after arguing with him about his performance in a BMX bicycle race, state police said.
Leanne Denise Casolaro
, 38, was charged with felony child neglect and reckless driving. The latter charge stems from a wreck she allegedly caused while looking for her child after initially abandoning him.
The incident occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday, after the woman's son performed in a BMX race earlier that day at the Virginia Motorsports Park, said Sgt. Thomas Molnar, a police spokesman.
While returning from the event, Casolaro started arguing with her son about his performance, forced him from the car and drove away.
Nearby witnesses saw the incident and temporarily took custody of the child while calling police, Molnar said.
Casolaro soon returned to the scene to find her son but could not locate him. While attempting to make a U-turn during her search, she collided with another vehicle
, Molnar said. No one was hurt.