Charges against mom who hit boy with SUV outside school

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A mother is free on $10,000 bond after she was arraigned on charges of child abuse and reckless driving after running over her own son. 

The 36-year-old mother was distraught at the Kent County District Court Friday, where she faced a judge to hear the charges leveled against her by the prosecutor: second-degree child abuse and reckless driving causing serious impairment of a bodily function. 

Supporters whisked her away from the courthouse following her appearance. 

This comes three days after the early morning incident outside Chandler Woods Charter School, where Tiffany Amber Kosakowski, a single mother of 9-year-old twins, was pulling away from the school. 

Kent County Sheriff’s investigators say video and witness accounts show her third-grade son was hanging from the passenger side front door handle just before he lost his grip and was run over by the rear tire of her SUV. 

“She stopped right away,” said Kent County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Joel Roon told 24 Hour News 8 Thursday. 

But police and prosecutors decided this was not just an unfortunate accident. 

“There are additional moments leading up to that moment that were caught on camera,” Roon said. 

The charging affidavit filed in court states “Tiffany was aware of (the boy’s) presence” at the door and “Knowingly drove the vehicle in a manner that was likely to, and did, cause serious physical injury” (to her son). 

“There is a larger scope that will be accounted for when the final case is finished,” Roon said 

Unlike most defendants charged with a potential 10-year felony, Kosakowski was allowed to have her mug shot and fingerprints taken at the courthouse rather than the jail. 

Kosakowski has no criminal record in Michigan and only a couple minor traffic infractions dating back more than four years. 

“She’s been cooperating with investigators fully and I think most of her time has probably been spent at the hospital,” Roon said. 

Meanwhile, the 8-year-old remains in critical condition and supporters of the mom said his condition has not changed but they remain cautiously optimistic but are not sure what will happen. 

Reckless driving causing death has a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story listed the boy’s age as 8 years old, based on information from investigators. This story has since been updated to reflect the child’s current age if 9 years old.***

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