Dad Lets 13-Year-Old Son Drive Car With Toddler Inside: Authorities

A 13-year-old boy was given permission to drive his dad's car, and then flipped it into a canal with a 2-year-old inside.

A Florida father was arrested on child neglect charges after he allowed his 13-year-old son to drive his car while a toddler was in the vehicle, authorities said.

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Martin Martinez Jr., 31, gave the boy permission to drive his car around the neighborhood, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The child sped through a stop sign, lost control and rolled several times before crashing upside down in a canal, officials said.

Neither the teen nor the toddler was hurt.

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The boy was able to get out of the overturned vehicle and retrieve the baby.

The father's first court appearance was scheduled for May 8. 

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