Prison for mom who abandoned toddler

Prison for mom who abandoned toddler

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - An Akron jury found Melissa D. Swiger, 33, of Doty Drive in Akron, guilty of aggravated vehicular assault; failure to stop after an incident; operating under the influence; and child endangering. The court also found Swiger guilty of reckless operation of a vehicle and running a red light.

On November 2, 2011, Swiger set her three-year-old child in the middle of Waterloo Road and drove away. A passerby saw this, picked up the child and called 911. Just 15 minutes later Swiger crossed the double yellow line on South Main Street and crashed into a truck. The driver of the truck is now in a wheelchair.

Swiger ran from the scene of the crash to Holy Cross Cemetery, where she was found by two Sheriff's deputies. Because Swiger was babbling incoherently, the deputies sent her to the psychiatric ward. Tests revealed a large amount of marijuana in Swiger's system.

After receiving the verdicts, Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Swiger to four years in prison.

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