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Two arrested for hauling baby on trailer attached to moped during Tropical Storm Ana

Photo of the cart and moped after Allen and Cherry were pulled over by police. Source: HCPD Photo of the cart and moped after Allen and Cherry were pulled over by police. Source: HCPD
Mark Cherry, 21, (Source: HCPD). Mark Cherry, 21, (Source: HCPD).
Bianca Allen, 18 (Source: Horry County Police Department). Bianca Allen, 18 (Source: Horry County Police Department).

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two people were arrested after someone observed them hauling a baby in a bicycle trailer carriage on the back of a moped on Sunday, May 10.

Bianca Allen, 18, and Mark Cherry, 21, both of Myrtle Beach, were arrested in connection to this incident.

A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper pulled a three-wheel moped over into a parking lot on Dick Pond Road, according to an Horry County Police report. Officials say Cherry pulled a 7-month-old girl from the trailer. He told the trooper they were coming from Taco Bell, and they were “going just down the road." 

Cherry said that he was told the bicycle trailer was also for a moped when he purchased it. Allen stated that she didn't know that she couldn't transport the infant in the trailer, adding that the baby was buckled up.

The suspects were transporting the baby at about 6:10 p.m. Sunday, during Tropical Storm Ana, the report states. During an investigation, the officer saw that a one-inch nylon strap went from the trailer around the axle of the moped. Officials say the strap was attached to the trailer with a screw and a washer, and the strap was torn through the screw and washer area of the strap. In addition, one of the wheels on the trailer was flat, the report states, and police did not see reflectors on the rear of the trailer.

Allen contacted a family member to take the child to her home, where the Department of Social Services was waiting, according to the report. Police say the home was clean, and filled with food and diapers for the baby. The baby was placed in the family member's custody, and DSS advised that the mother could not visit the child unsupervised.

Cherry and Allen were charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person, and taken to Surfside Beach Police Department. The police report states that holds were placed on each suspect for child neglect.

Bicycle experts say a baby trailer should only be attached to bicycles, and even then parents have to use them with caution. 

Robert Hussey, an owner of Beach Bike Shop in Myrtle Beach does not recommend having a baby trailer on the road with other vehicles at all and the baby could have been seriously hurt. 

"You really have to be careful that people don't get too close to you and having a baby behind you would be a very dangerous situation," Hussey said.

Hussey says the baby could have been in serious jeopardy because many of the baby trailers are left open, or closed off by screen or plastic covers. 

"Because if the bike is going down the road, and they do something quickly, the trailer could turn over, even though the bike doesn't and the child, children if there are two in there, would hit the ground, there's nothing protecting them from doing that," Hussey explained.

A warning label on a similar baby trailer at Myrtle Beach Bicycles in Murrell's Inlet said the baby trailers should not be going more than 10 miles per hour, and children should be wearing a helmet. 

Hussey says children should also be old enough to hold their head up, and the youngest child would still have to be older than a year old. 

Hussey recommends parents only use baby trailers on bike trails or very quiet neighborhoods away from all other traffic. 

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