Friends Defend Mom Who 'Deliberately' Ran Over Boy for Not Wanting to Go to School

Tiffany Kosakowski
WZZM 13

A mother from Grand Rapids, Michigan, is facing serious consequences after she allegedly deliberately injured her boy when he disobeyed her. Tiffany Kosakowski has now been sentenced to 30 days of jail time after running over her 9-year-old son for refusing to go to school. And although this mom had many members of the community who supported her through her legal ordeal, it was the judge's belief that her actions were “inexcusable,” that has landed her in prison.

  • The incident took place in December 2018 when Tiffany Kosakowski's boy allegedly refused to go into school after she dropped him off. 

    According to People, the mom unsuccessfully dropped off her third-grader at Chandler Woods Charter Academy on December 11, but he apparently wasn't too keen to head into class. Instead, he began following her car and tried to walk alongside the vehicle as she drove away. 

    But what happened next went beyond ordinary parental discipline. Surveillance video taken at the school reportedly shows the boy hanging from his mother's front passenger side door handle as she drags him across the parking lot. At one point, the boy loses his grip, rolls under the car, and was then run over by the passenger-side rear tire.

    When he was found, he was alive but had sustained serious physical injuries including a fractured skull, traumatic brain injury, and broken bones. Since his accident, he requires special care and is in physical therapy. 

  • Advertisement
  • Kosakowski pleaded guilty to reckless driving causing serious injury in February after investigators made the case that this incident was intentional.

    Though Kosakowski “stopped right away” after her son dropped under her vehicle, Kent County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Joel Roon said that "There are additional moments leading up to that moment that were caught on camera” that lead police to believe the mom did this on purpose.

    Police believe Kosakowski was aware of her son's “presence at the front passenger door handle." And they continued to speculate that the mom “knowingly drove the vehicle in a manner that was likely to, and did, cause serious physical injury to (the son).”

    The mom later "admitted to moving the steering wheel from left to right, then accelerating the vehicle knowing [her son] continued to be next to the vehicle.”

    She pleaded guilty in February to reckless driving causing serious injury, though investigators noted that she had no prior criminal record before this accident and has been "cooperating with investigators fully and I think most of her time has probably been spent at the hospital” since the incident, Roon added.

  • On Thursday, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Curt Benson sentenced the mom to 6-months in jail with all but 30 days suspended.

    The decision came even though the judge received 30 letters supporting Kosakowski and a GoFundMe campaign was created by friends and family to help raise legal and medical fees.

    “Of the 30 people who wrote the letters, I’ll be quite blunt with you -- I am not sure all of them would be as supportive, if they, like I, watched the security footage of this incident,” the judge told Kosakowski in court on Thursday. “It was really hard to watch, and I am not sure you would enjoy as much support as you evidently do, had that been widely distributed.”

    In court, Kosakowski allegedly told the judge that she would have to “live with this for the rest of my life.”

    But her remorse was too little, too late. “It is simply inexcusable what you did,” Benson told her. He then sentenced her to six months of jail time with all but 30 days suspended. 

    Kosakowski's ex-husband also spoke out and shed light on his ex-wife's actions. He said that this was one incident in a long line of erratic behavior.

    John Rodriguez told WZZM 13 that he had not seen his kids for five years prior to his son's accident. When he arrived at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, he was heartbroken to see that his boy was in a coma. "His head [was] covered in wires [and] tubes, and sensors in his mouth and all over his little body," he said. "Investigators measured 47 yards, someone drove 47 yards swerving left and right to shake him off."

    "For years, I have struggled to describe the behavior. So unstable, so irrational and so reckless," he continued.

    The mom has asked the judge if she can serve her 30 days on weekends, which he agreed to, as she pledged that the rest of her time would be spent taking her son to his doctor's appointments.

    It is unclear if Kosakowski will retain her parental rights after she serves her time, but as of right now both children are in the care of a relative.

abuse child abuse crime