Two Arrested After Child is Hurt by Motor Vehicle

Boaz Police have arrested two women – after investigators say a woman drove over her own child with her car in the act of “punishment”.

Sarai Rachel James, 27, has been charged with Aggravated Child Abuse in connection with that incident that happened February 9th – according to court documents; she was released from Marshall County Jail on $50,000 bond.  A 53 year old woman, who police say was in the vehicle at the time – was charged with endangering the welfare of a child – a misdemeanor charge – and she was released on $500 bond.  According to police, James picked up her seven-year-old son from school, and learned from the principal that he had gotten into trouble that day.

Investigators say that a “short distance” from the school – James stopped her vehicle and made the boy get out – telling him he had to walk, or run, the rest of the way to their home – a distance of around eight blocks from the school.  According to police, the boy attempted to grab the door handle of the car, but the mother accelerated – pulling the boy underneath the vehicle and running over him with the rear tire. The child was transported to UAB by ambulance with abrasions.

“It was a miracle that he wasn’t hurt worse” according to the Police Chief, Michael Abercrombie.  According to court documents, James cannot have any contact with her son.



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