Fugitive Mom Accused of Leading Police Chase With Child in Minivan

Springdale Police(NEW YORK) --  A fugitive mom is still on the run as Ohio authorities released video showing her allegedly leading police on a wild chase in a minivan with her child in tow.

Authorities in Springdale, Ohio, say Erica Barreiro-Rapp, 33, is wanted on several felony warrants in Kentucky, including alleged concealed weapons violations and drug use.

Officers said they began pursuing her in a brown Honda Odyssey after she fled a Springdale courthouse parking lot last Wednesday. She had appeared in the Ohio court on minor charges, before authorities discovered felony warrants filed against her in Kentucky that included alleged concealed weapons violations and drug use. After officers confronted her in the parking lot, she locked herself in the vehicle, refused to release her child and then took off, authorities say.

Police said the chase spanned a mile and a half and was caught on dashboard cameras as Barreiro-Rapp tried to elude them by allegedly speeding the wrong way against traffic, running through red lights -- nearly colliding with a school bus -- and barreling over a concrete barrier on a highway.

Authorities say she was driving with a suspended license.

The video also appears to show Barreiro-Rapp's minivan drive backwards on suburban streets, maneuvering around patrol cars and speeding through several neighborhood lawns.

Police said they terminated the chase after confirming a child was in the vehicle.

Later that day, officers discovered her minivan in a hotel parking lot, where a guest at the hotel told authorities Barreiro-Rapp had entered his room and jumped out the first-story window with her child.

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids. pic.twitter.com/lYUTMyZNxV

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park. pic.twitter.com/w6Plokx6D7

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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