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DuPage County woman accused of dropping 5-year-old daughter off parking garage, prosecutors say

DuPage County woman accused of dropping 5-year-old daughter off parking garage, prosecutors say

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A judge Saturday set bail at $500,000 for a 28-year-old Plano woman who was charged with aggravated battery to a child in connection with dropping her 5-year-old daughter off a six-story parking garage, according to the DuPage County state’s attorney office.

Jerica Crawford, of the 3400 block of Clason Street, will have to post 10%, or $50,000, of the bail amount in order to be released from jail, a release from the state’s attorney’s office said. Judge Paul Marchese also granted a motion from prosecutors for her to see a clinical psychologist.

About 4:40 p.m. Feb. 23, Winfield police officers responded to a call at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital for two people who fell off the top of a parking garage on the southwestern part of the campus, the statement said.

Three Colorado police officers involved in the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia who was shown being pushed to the ground and handcuffed on body camera footage have resigned, police said Friday.

The officers found Crawford and her daughter on the ground next to the parking garage. They were both injured and taken to a hospital.

Officials believe that Crawford drove to the top of the parking garage, walked to its edge and dropped her daughter before jumping off herself, the statement said.

“The allegations against Ms. Crawford are extremely disturbing,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin wrote in a statement. “We are all very thankful that both Ms. Crawford and her daughter appear to be well on the road to recovery.”

Crawford is scheduled to appear in court again on May 24 in front of Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh.


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