November 03, 2011

Melissa Swiger Nearly Turned Her 3-Year-Old Child Into Road Kill

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Akron, Ohio (The Weekly Vice) - Melissa D. Swiger, a 32-year-old Akron woman was jailed Tuesday after she allegedly dumped her toddler child in the middle of the street and then drove off. Moments later she was involved in a three car accident.

According to the Akron Police Department, Swiger was driving west on Waterloo Road with her 3-year-old child in the back seat when she suddenly stopped the vehicle.

Swiger then allegedly placed the child in the middle of the road and drove off. The child was left alone, strapped into a car seat.

A witness who saw the incident removed the child from the road and contacted police.

Investigators say Swiger caused a 3-car accident minutes after she left her child in the street. She was taken to a local hospital and was given a blood test, which showed she had drugs in her system.

She was taken to the psychiatric ward at the hospital and was released to officers on Wednesday.

Swiger told police that she was distraught after the recent passing of her father. She also stated that she had been taking Hydrocodone prior to the incident.

Swiger was booked into the Summit County Jail and charged with aggravated vehicular assault, child endangerment, and operating a vehicle while impaired.

Her child was placed into protective custody.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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