A Mother Runs Her 7-Year-Old Boy Over With Her Car After He Misbehaves at School

(PatriotWise.com) — Police in Boaz, Alabama, have charged the mother of a 7-year-old who ran over her son after he got in trouble at school, the Miami Herald reported.

According to Boaz police, 27-year-old Sarai Rachel James, along with another woman, were arrested in connection with the February 8 incident that occurred when James picked up her son from school in the afternoon.

James was called to her son’s school and informed by the principal that the boy had gotten into trouble that day and would not be allowed to take the school bus home. As they were driving away from the school, James pulled over and made her son get out of the vehicle. She told him that he would have to walk the rest of the way home, AL.com reported.

As the boy began walking the eight blocks to their home, James drove alongside with her flashers on, Boaz Police Chief Michael Abercrombie told the Sand Mountain Reporter.

At one point, James began to slow down. The boy, likely believing that she was letting him get back into the car, grabbed the door handle. However, James accelerated the vehicle, dragging her son underneath. As she drove away, the rear tire ran over the boy.

Chief Abercrombie said James may not have known that her son had been holding the door handle when she sped up.

While investigators believe that James had not intended to run over her son, the incident would not have occurred if she hadn’t punished him, Abercrombie said.

The 7-year-old was taken to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital with abrasions to the sides of his head and his back.

Chief Abercrombie said it was a miracle that the boy’s injuries weren’t more severe.

James was charged with aggravated child abuse. The other woman, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

The two women were booked at Marshall County Jail. James was released three days later on a $50,000 bond. The other woman, 53, was released on a $500 bond.

As a condition of her bond, James was not to have any contact with the child.

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