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Woman charged with child endangerment after backing car into tree

Police responded to the hotel around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a single-vehicle crash. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)
Police responded around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to a hotel on Richmond Road for a report of a single-vehicle crash. (WYDaily/Courtesy Google Maps)

A Williamsburg woman has been charged with felony child endangerment after she backed her car into a tree Tuesday night, police said.

Jennipher Anne Thompson, 35, is charged with two counts of child endangerment and reckless driving following a vehicle incident at a hotel in the 3000 block of Richmond Road, Williamsburg Police spokesman Maj. Greg Riley.

Police responded to the hotel around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a single-vehicle crash. Police learned that Thompson was backing up her vehicle when she hit the tree. She had two juveniles, both under the age of 7, in the car with her.

Neither of the children were hers, but they were known to each other, Riley said.

There is no information on how fast Thompson was going when she backed into the tree, Riley said.

The children were not injured, but Thompson sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

While she was being treated for her injuries, the Williamsburg officer obtained arrest warrants for reckless driving and two counts of child endangerment.

She was arrested and transported to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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