An Akron mother who set her three-year old child in the middle of an intersection was convicted by a Summit County jury on several charges Friday.
A jury found Melissa D. Swiger, 33, of Doty Drive in Akron, guilty of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, Failure to Stop After an Incident, Operating Under the Influence, And Child Endangering, all felonies. The Court also found Swiger guilty of Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, and Running a Red Light .
On November 2, 2011, Swiger set her three-year-old child in the middle of Waterloo Road and drove away. A passerby picked up the child and called 911.
Just 15 minutes later Swiger crossed the double yellow line on South Main Street and crashed into a truck. The driver of the truck is now in a wheelchair.
Swiger ran from the scene of the crash to Holy Cross Cemetery, where she was found by two Sheriff’s deputies. Because Swiger was talking incoherently, the deputies sent her to the psychiatric ward. Tests revealed a large amount of marijuana in Swiger’s system.
Summit County Common Pleas Judge Lynne Callahan sentenced Melissa Swiger to four years in prison.