July 24, 2016

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Parma woman faces charge of felonious assault in dispute


Staff Writer

MEDINA — A Parma Heights woman allegedly involved in running over the legs of a 51-year-old Medina resident early Saturday morning faces a felonious assault charge, police said.

Early that morning, Nicole Babicz, 26, picked up her daughter, who was staying with the child’s father at his female friend’s house on Frederick Street, Lt. Bob Starcher said.

The father, who had visitation rights, told Babicz he was staying overnight at his friend’s and Babicz reportedly became upset and told him she was coming to pick up their daughter, Detective Scott Thomas said.

After arriving about 2 a.m., Babicz reportedly got into an argument with the friend, picked up her daughter and got into the vehicle, which her mother reportedly was driving, Starcher said, adding the friend then called police before going back out to the vehicle, where another argument ensued and escalated to a physical altercation.

Babicz allegedly grabbed the woman, told her mother to take off and her mother backed up, running over the woman’s legs, the lieutenant said. The father screamed for Babicz’s mother to stop, which she did. Babicz then reportedly took control of the vehicle and pulled it forward off the woman’s legs, he said.

Babicz turned herself in to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office later that afternoon.

The woman was transported to Medina General Hospital before being taken via emergency helicopter to Akron General Medical Center’s intensive care unit for treatment, Thomas said.

Babicz was charged with felonious assault and remained in the county jail Wednesday on bond of $200,000.

“The investigation continues and more possible charges are pending,” Starcher said.

Shofar may be reached at 330-721-4044 or cshofar@ohio.net.