KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jackson County prosecutors accused a mother of driving her SUV into a crowd of fighting kids near Ingles Elementary School on Friday.
Ladonna C. Newton was charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault and three counts of armed criminal action.
According to court documents, Newton's daughter was involved in a fight about 4:30 p.m. near 116th Terrace and Food Lane with another girl. Witnesses said Newton's daughter lost the fight but called one of the girls, saying she wanted to fight another girl in the group.
Investigators said the group went back to fight Newton's daughter again, and Newton drove her back to the area. In court records, a witness told police that as the second fight began, two girls tried to break up the fight and Newton drove her silver Kia SUV toward the crowd and hit one girl, dragging her for a distance.
Police said other witnesses reported seeing the silver Kia drive off after hitting a sewer ditch.
Authorities said Newton later went to police. She told investigators that she accidentally drove into the crowd when her foot slipped off the brake and onto the accelerator, and she was unaware that she hit anyone.