Police: Ohio mom hands off baby before fleeing from officers

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Savanha Cofield. Courtesy Trumbull County Jail.

WARREN, Ohio – Police in northeast Ohio say a woman with suspected heroin in her purse crashed her car and then handed her 1-year-old son to a bystander before running from officers.

The Warren Tribune-Chronicle reports 20-year-old Savanha Cofield was arrested Thursday.

She pleaded not guilty Friday in Warren Municipal Court to resisting arrest, child endangerment, obstructing official business and falsification charges. She was assigned a public defender and released on bond.

A county children’s services agency has taken custody of the infant.

Warren police say that after finding a crashed car Thursday they tried to question a woman walking away with a baby in her arms. Police say she gave officers a false name, gave her son to a bystander and tried to flee.

It’s unclear whether Cofield knew the bystander.