Davis, CA - Sunshine Shammore has landed safely in a California field in what could have otherwise been a disastrous result of yet another parent using their child as a means to end the family's financial worries.
Duncan Shammore and his wife, Sheila Shammore, have been charged with reckless child endangerment for sending their 4-year old daughter into the sky equipped with nothing more than a box of fruit roll ups and a cell phone for emergencies.
Upon his arrest, Duncan Shammore was asked why he would even consider sending a 4-year old child on such a dangerous flight. "I dunno, really," said Shammore. "I guess I just wanted to grant my little girl's wishes. Ever since she saw the balloon boy on television last year, she's been begging me to make her the balloon girl. What dad doesn't want to make their little princess happy?"
Yes, it would appear on the surface that Duncan Shammore wanted nothing more than to make his little girl happy and grant her the flight of fancy she's dreamed of since she was 3; however, after some digging, it was discovered that yet another reality show deal was in the making as cameras focused on the girl as she lifted off and floated high above the California countryside.
Fortunately, a cameraman's assistant, a father himself, had last-minute pangs of guilt and called 911 to report the stunt, and the sheriff's department ordered snipers with high-powered rifles to shoot the balloons out one at a time, gently lowering Sunshine to the ground.
Once on the ground, Sunshine asked her parents "How long now before we get to go talk to that nice lady on "Good Morning America?"