WBKV News has learned that the West Bend Police Department are seeking child neglect charges against the mothers of the two boys that have taken cars on joy rides twice within the last month.  According to police sources, the mother of the 9-year-old is the grandmother of the 4-year-old. Police are also seeking neglect charges against the boyfriend of the older boy's mother. Both families, and the boyfriend, reside in the same West Bend home. On Sunday, the boys allegedly stole a car from the 9-year-old's stepfather in West Bend and drove into the Town of Farmington, according to Washington County sheriff's deputies. A motorist called 911 to report two children driving a vehicle eastbound in the westbound lane of Newark Drive near Indian Lore Road. A deputy caught up to the stolen vehicle about three miles later as it swerved into a ditch near the intersection of county Highway A and Trading Post Trail. No one was injured. On June 14th,  the boys said they were attempting to visit a grandmother on Highway 144. In Sunday's drive, the boys told deputies they were going to a park. After the latest driving incident Sunday, police officers took the two boys into protective custody. The police department's requests for misdemeanor criminal charges of child neglect were under review Wednesday afternoon at the Washington County District Attorney's office. However, no decision was expected to be made Wednesday, according to District Attorney Mark Bensen because the adults are not in custody, so there is no deadline under state criminal law to issue charges. There is no word as to how long the children will remain in child protective custody.
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