Originally created 09/13/03

Two-year-old boy slips out of motel room, crashes family car



TAMPA, Fla. -- A 2-year-old boy slipped out of his mother's locked motel room, climbed into the family car and accidentally drove it through a door and window and into the room, authorities said.

The child, Rex Davis, was not injured and no one else was hurt in the accident Wednesday morning. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's office said Rex's mother, Ginna Hopkins, was taking a shower when the boy got out.

"It's almost unbelievable that a 2-year-old could have done that," sheriff's Lt. Rod Reder said. One detective dubbed him "Little Houdini."

Hopkins had left the unlocked car in first gear, and it lurched forward about eight feet when Rex started the vehicle, crashing through a door and window at the Red Roof Inn and causing about $2,000 in damage, Reder said.

Even as one deputy investigated, Rex left the locked room again and climbed back into the car.

Hopkins declined comment. She won't be charged.

"The child was well cared for, the door was locked, and the mother has to take a shower sometime," Reder said. "She just has a very precocious child."