West Virginia toddlers crash after taking mother's car for joyride

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Police said a 5-year-old drove the car for nearly three miles in Putnam County, West Virginia. His 2-year-old brother was in the passenger seat. (KTRK)

Two small children escaped injury when they crashed after taking their mother's car on a joyride.

Police are still investigating what happened, but said a 5-year-old drove the car for nearly three miles in Putnam County, West Virginia. His 2-year-old brother was in the passenger seat.

Deputies said the boys drove down country roads all by themselves before they eventually crashed.

Criminal charges are pending.

Meanwhile, the landlord of the apartments where the family lives told the mother that she is no longer welcome at the complex.

"We didn't wanna take that chance that something might happen again," Sharlene Wiseman said.

Wiseman said this could have been a tragic accident even though the children were not hurt.

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