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Mother charged with child abuse after son is run over in school parking lot

The boy is still in critical condition with injuries to his head and torso.

BELMONT, Mich. - A mother faces felony charges after police say she ran over her nine-year-old son at a school drop-off Tuesday in Kent County's Plainfield Township, leaving the boy with critical injuries to his head and torso.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Chandler Woods Charter Academy on Samrick Avenue NE.

Tiffany Amber Kosakowski, 36, was arraigned Friday, Dec. 14 on charges of second-degree child abuse and reckless driving causing serious impairment. The child abuse charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison while the reckless driving charge carries a five-year term.

Kent County Sheriff's investigators say the boy remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Kosakowski was aware of the boy's presence at the passenger side front door handle "and knowingly drove the vehicle in a manner that was likely to, and did, cause serious physical injury to (the boy) as he fell from the moving vehicle,'' a sheriff's deputy wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

Investigators say the boy was run over by the passenger side rear tire of the vehicle. The incident was captured on the school's surveillance system.

Kosakowski, who lives in Belmont, has a probable cause conference later this month in 63rd District Court. She is free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

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