A Kosciusko County mother is facing 7 felony charges and 1 misdemeanor in Southwest Michigan – including child abuse, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine, obstruction of justice, fleeing and eluding police and operating under the influence of drugs – after police say she led them on a wild chase with her daughter in her lap.
Police say 34-year-old Aubrey Coy kidnapped her daughter during a supervised visit Sunday afternoon. It all started in Warsaw around noon Sunday when police say Coy and her mother picked up the girl for the supervised visit.
A judge had appointed the grandmother to be the supervisor.
But at 5:30, the grandmother reported both Coy and her 5-year-old missing, telling police they might be in the White Pigeon area. A cell phone ping put Coy in that area and a Michigan State Police trooper pulled her over.
At first, dash cam video shows Coy pulling over and talking with the officer. Police say her daughter was in the front passenger seat. But when the trooper asked her to get out of the vehicle, she took off. The video shows him trying to reach in and pull her keys out of the ignition.
When he catches up to her, he uses the loud speaker in his car to yell, ‘Pull over. Think of the child.’
Then, the video shows Coy pulling the little girl onto her lap in the driver’s seat while driving down the road.
“She literally put not just herself and that child in danger, but those officers that were chasing [her] and other pedestrians on the roadway,” said Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Todd Peterson. “And I think that goes a long way to show her judgment at least was pretty impaired.”
Police say the chase got up to 75 miles per hour and lasted 5 or 6 miles.
The video shows one tire blow and come off its rim. Two others were flat when the car finally stopped after hitting stop sticks.
Then, the video shows Coy trying to run away with her daughter, fighting police while they try to arrest her.
“[Officers] were able to pull the child from her hands. She literally would not let the child go.”
It’s not the first time Coy’s been in trouble. Court records show convictions in Indiana for meth and cocaine possession, drunk driving, resisting arrest and speeding. In fact, she was just pulled over last week in Kosciusko County for allegedly not wearing a seatbelt.
Coy cried during her video arraignment Monday afternoon and asked a magistrate for help.
“I wanted to go to Oaklawn because I feel like I’m dreaming or something,” she said. “I have no idea how I got here.”
Police say they found cocaine in her car when they searched it Sunday night.
Even though the visit with her daughter was supervised, police say Coy’s mom was in charge of that supervision but is not in trouble.
It doesn’t appear as though the grandmother helped her daughter or knew what she was going to do, Det. Sgt. Peterson said. The grandmother apparently let Coy out of her sight for a couple minutes and that’s when police say she took off Coy with the little girl.
Coy is due in court again April 22 and April 24.