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Grandmother in court for causing crash that killed grandson
CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- The grandmother charged with causing the crash that killed her four-year-old grandson is locked up on more than one million dollars bond.
Police say Geanna Mitchell crashed on the Clay Wade Bailey bridge Saturday night. Investigators said she hit another vehicle head-on and flipped the SUV she was driving. Mitchell was brought into her arraignment in a wheelchair to face two charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, and one charge of theft. The vehicular homicide charges brought a 500,000 dollar bond each and the theft charge tacked on 15,000 dollars.
At the time of the accident, police say Mitchell was speeding, drunk, and on drugs. Officers say Mitchell was also driving a Ford Explorer SUV she took from her daughter without permission and was driving with a suspended license.
Four-year-old Logan Mitchell was taken to Children's Hospital after the crash but later died of his injuries.
"For Logan to only be the age that he was, he was a smart little boy though. I'm 54 years old and I've never seen a little boy get a bike and ride it without training wheels like he did. And he's smart." said Ben Patterson.
Patterson is Mitchell's live-in boyfriend. He said Geanna had spent the day with the kids in Washington Park and had been driving her daughter's SUV all day long. He said all of them were in the apartment Saturday evening when he was asked to go to Kentucky and get formula for the baby. Geanna jumped up to do it.
"Geanna was laying on the bed, Geanna got up and put her clothes on, got the keys and went to get the milk," Patterson said.
A short time later, as Mitchell returned from Kentucky, she lost control of the SUV on the bridge and the little boy was killed. According to police though, Mitchell's daughter, Terria, says her mom took the keys and had been told not to drive the vehicle.
Patterson disagrees saying, "No no no, it wasn't no argument, like I say she asked me to get the milk and Geanna got up to go get the milk. That's all there was to it. There wasn't no argument or nothing."
According to police Geanna Mitchell was actually ejected from the SUV. Her 9-year-old daughter also got out safely. Logan was in the right, rear passenger seat and restrained in some fashion. Police are trying to determine if he was "properly restrained."
The 9-year-old in the car suffered only minor injuries. Mitchell is due back in court June 11th.