MSP: Child on mom’s lap during chase

MOTTVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say an Indiana mother led them on a chase with her daughter on her lap.

MSP’s White Pigeon Detachment was notified Sunday that the Kosciosko County (Ind.) Sheriff’s Department was seeking a 34-year-old woman accused of abducting her 5-year-old daughter during a supervised visit. Indiana authorities checked the GPS on the mother’s cellphone and found she was in the area of US-12 and Blue School Road in St. Joseph County, Mich.

An MSP trooper found the suspect’s 1992 Buick Park Avenue in that area of Mottville Township around 5:30 p.m. The girl was in the font seat and was not in a car seat, MSP says. The trooper tried to arrest the woman, but she took off with the child still in the car, MSP says.

Troopers, St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputies and officers from the White Pigeon Police Department gave chase. As she was fleeing, MSP says, the mother removed the child’s seat belt and put the child in her lap.

The mother led police on a chase from US-12 onto northbound US-131, MSP says. Just outside of Constantine at N. River Road, officers from the Constantine Police Department put out Stop Sticks. The suspect’s vehicle hit the stop sticks, but she kept driving.

When she sped up to about 75 mph, one of the vehicle’s tires came off its rim. After two tires went flat, she pulled over and got out of the car.

Holding the 5-year-old, she tried to take off on foot. Officers were quickly able to stop her, and she fought with them as she was handcuffed.

The suspect was being held at the St. Joseph County jail on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, felony possession of narcotics, felony resisting and obstruction, misdemeanor operating under the influence and misdemeanor child endangerment, MSP says. She is expected to face more charges in Indiana.

The little girl was picked up by her family Sunday evening.

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