Adults Charged After Thousands of Balls Are Released on Street in YouTube Stunt
The balls clogged storm drains and led to a massive cleanup operation.
A video of a kid and his nanny playing with thousands of plastic balls in the back of a pickup truck driving through a California neighborhood has led to two child endangerment arrests.
The YouTube clip of a child named Rocco and his 20-year-old nanny, Rebecca, riding in the bed of the vehicle filled with thousands of Orbeez (water and gel based plastic balls) led authorities to issue charges against two adults.
The video showed "dangerous driving behavior involving children," Police said in a statement.
As the truck turned around corners, Rocco and Rebecca coming close to being tossed right out of the vehicle, but no injuries were reported.
Later, the balls can be seen dumped out of the back of the truck for fun. They naturally rolled down the street and eventually clogged storm drains and reportedly triggered a major cleanup operation.
Police in Corona, California, issued citations to Holly Piazza, 45, the mother of the boy in the video, and Brian Chase, 37, for child endangerment after watching the video. They were also cited for illegal dumping and were ordered to pay for cleanup.
Piazza produces a YouTube channel that features the escapades by her son Rocco, who has millions of fans on the video-sharing site.
"We have never put Rocco in harm’s way, he wears protective gear, we make sure he is safe. Although I, as a parent, chose to break the law and allow him to be in the back of a truck, I knew that day I was in control," Holly told Inside Edition. "We are not going to do it again. It is against the law. We learned our lesson."
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