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Police: Boy drives car into canal with 2-year-old passenger

Authorities say a Florida man let his 13-year-old son drive a car unsupervised around a neighborhood with a 2-year-old passenger before the boy crashed into a canal.

Neither child was seriously hurt in Friday's crash in southwest Florida, The Fort Myers News-Press (https://tinyurl.com/mtvmz2j) reported.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the 31-year-old father, Martin Martinez Jr., of Lehigh Acres, was charged with child neglect.

The highway patrol says the boy was driving fast when he went through a stop sign, missed a turn and overturned the car several times, ending up in the canal. The report says the boy was able to get out and remove the younger child.