Mom charged with DUI after crash; police say she refused medical treatment for daughter

Kym Cooper
Kym Cooper

A 36-year-old Belleville mother is facing several charges after police say she crashed into a parked car Sunday night while intoxicated and refused to allow medics to check her daughter for injuries.

However, the girl was taken to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital where she was treated for internal injuries.

Kym P. Cooper is facing five counts related to the crash Sunday night near Richland Prairie Boulevard and Ganim Drive, about half a mile from Cooper’s home. A 2006 Toyota Avalon struck a parked 2000 Ford Explorer, then “careened off” and struck two 2018 Jeep Cherokees that were parked in a driveway, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department said.

The Toyota stopped in a front yard and Cooper remained in the vehicle with an 11-year-old child, deputies said.

“Cooper was uninjured, and refused to allow her daughter to be evaluated by EMS personnel,” according to the news release.

The girl was taken into protective custody and taken to a hospital. She was treated and released to the Department of Children and Family Services, said Capt. Bruce Fleshren of the Sheriff’s Department.

Cooper was charged on Tuesday with three felony counts of aggravated driving under the influence, including one of having a minor in the vehicle, and endangering the health of a child and resisting arrest. She was previously convicted in Madison County of driving under the influence and sentenced to alcohol treatment and supervised release.

Cooper was in the St. Clair County Jail on Wednesday morning on a $85,000 bail.

Reporter Mary Cooley follows the crimes and court goings-on in the metro-east; she has a special affinity for the oddities that make life in Southern Illinois interesting. Mary has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and previously worked as a copy editor at newspapers in the Southeast.