While most children act their age, some are pretty precocious. At least that was the case early Thanksgiving morning when a 5-year-old girl called 911 to let dispatchers know that she and her family were "stuck in a field." Thankfully, her quick thinking saved her family.
, her mother, Shernette Fowler, drove right into a pond after passing several warning signs (two orange cones, a cattle rail, a gravel road, and a grassy lawn) of the road's dead end. Using cell phone data, police were able to pinpoint the girl's location and found Fowler and her three children, ages 2, 5, and 8, "wet, cold, and crying." The car was also partially submerged in the water.
According to the police report, the 31-year-old Tennessee mother (who was arrested at the scene) smelled of alcohol, couldn't stand independently, and failed a field sobriety test. One of the children also told investigators that she kept falling asleep at the wheel, .
"I'm just glad to hear that the children are okay," James Bunch, who owns the farm where the incident occurred, . "I was thinking about them a lot and so glad they didn't hit the other pond [on the farm], because the other pond would have been a lot deeper."
Fowler was charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse, criminal trespassing, driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license and violation of the implied consent law for refusing a blood alcohol test. Her bond was set at $40,000.
Her children , but are in stable condition.