Mother accused of hitting son loses custody of twin

Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A mother who ran over her own son in front of his elementary school remains free on a $10,000 bond as the 9-year-old remains in serious condition.

But over the holiday week, Tiffany Amber Kosakowski learned officials are calling for her to lose custody of the boy and his twin sister.

It all started Dec. 11 outside Chandler Woods Charter Academy in the 6800 block of Samrick Avenue in Plainfield Township.

According to Kent County family court documents, Kosakowski admitted that her son followed her out of the school after drop-off time.

Kosakowski allegedly told police that she knew her son had followed her out of the school and she was backing up telling him to go back in. Police say the mother knew the boy was walking alongside the SUV as she “admitted to moving the steering wheel from left to right and then accelerating the vehicle.”

Kent County Sheriff’s Office 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. 

The boy suffered multiple injuries including multiple skull fractures, bleeding on the brain and several bone fractures.

He was on life support, but on Thursday officials at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital said his condition had improved from critical to serious condition.

Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Michael Shibler said Kosakowski was working for the district’s food service, but has not returned since the crash.

In Kent County District Court last week, the mother was charged with reckless driving causing serious impairment of a bodily function — a felony with a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

She was also charged with felony child abuse, which prompted Child Protective Services to look into the case.

CPS reports that the boy and his twin sister were in the custody of their mother.

The father told investigators he had no relationship with the children and he lives in the Detroit area, where he works as an agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

CPS determined the charges were enough to petition the judge to have the twin sister placed in the care of a great-aunt who lives in Jenison. Her brother would join her when he is released from the hospital.

Kosakowski waived her probable cause hearing Friday, sending her case to circuit court, where plea negotiations are possible. She will be in family court Feb. 15 for another hearing about the custody of her children.

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