Also a seat belt law on the books. I see no reson why one deserves child endangerment charges and the other doesn't. Both are putting a child in the way of harm "IF" an unfortunate accident happens. He!! the kid could fall out of the car when it's moving (I did when I was 2). Had I smacked my head and died would you have my poor bereaved mother put in jail for not disabling the inside door handles? What about the kids riding MX and BMX? Was I putting my son in the way of harm by letting him race? Compared to the millions of lazy a$$ couch potato kids that do nothing but play video games yes. Would you like to see that right taken from parents. Think twice before you ask for someone to be brought up on charges for a lapse in judgement. One of your little ones might grab your skill saw and do harm to themselves and you might be next. I believe the guy is a dumb a$$ but I'm sick of all of the stupid F'ing nanny laws made to protect our kids from us. We're human, accidents happen as do lapses in judgement.
First off, HOW old is the child? The child in question is four. At that age, the child's mental and physical capacities and capabilities are not sufficient for him to reliably stay seated on a bike. First of, most children fidget and want to move around. (I am sure you have seen how often these kids try to get out of their seats in a car.) Also, the child in question would not be of sufficient size (most likely) for his feet to reach the passenger pegs. (assuming he was riding in the proper location as a passenger, which he was not) And, children that age would easily forget to hold on as well, further increasing the risk of a fall. Another point, what would the child hold on to anyways? There is not really anything for the child to hold on to while sitting in front of the operator of the motorcycle.
A child his age is physically more vulnerable than an older child would be. When combined with the fact that the child was wearing NO safety gear what so ever. If the child falls, there is NO protection for him.
You mentioned MX and BMX.
Children participating in those events are older. They are of age where they have the sufficient capabilities to participate safely, both physically and mentally. Also, they wear gear, such as helmets, elbow and knee protection, ect. Also, the environment where they ride MX and BMX is generally set up to be as safe as possible for the participants. That is NOT the case with the street.
I could go on, but I think my point has been made. He, the operator, was doing something that knowingly and willfully placed his child at greater risk than what is acceptable. Had the operator of the motorcycle been properly endorsed, and had been riding in a safe manner, AND if the child was sufficiently protected and of a proper age and size that he could safely ride, and riding properly, then I would have ZERO
problems with the child on the bike.