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Ohio mother faces life in prison after ramming van into boyfriend and killing pedestrian

A young Cincinnati mother faces life in prison after ramming her van into her boyfriend and a pedestrian who died from his injuries.

Taah’via Chapman24, was arrested late last month on two counts of felony assault and one count of child endangerment after she intentionally rammed her van into two pedestrians, one being the father of her child, reported Fox 19.

A murder charge was added to Chapman’s crime list on September 1 after Christopher Scott Griffith, 58, died of injuries. Griffith was walking with the help of a cane to the store when he was hit by Chapman’s van.

Chapman had dropped off her boyfriend, Jawon Lunsford, at Spring Grove Village Kroger on Aug. 31, Fox 19 reported. Inside the store, Chapman checked Lunsford’s phone and found what she believed to be text messages inappropriate between her boyfriend and her sister, Hamilton County District Attorney Joe Deters said.

Chapman then used his van to hit Lunsford as he exited the store. Griffith was walking outside the store.

Griffith later died of his injuries at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Lunsford’s leg was broken.

“She took this three-tonne vehicle and rammed it and rammed Christopher Griffith, an innocent man on a cane that was going through a crosswalk,” Deters said.

The video shows Chapman getting out of the van after the deed and running towards Lunsford. She then punches her boyfriend repeatedly while their 8-month-old is alone in the car.

A grand jury added a child endangerment charge to Chapman’s long list of charges, including aggravated murder, murder, felony assault and attempted murder.

In court last week, documents surfaced that Chapman previously lost custody of a 4Fox child who is now in the custody of his father. Her 8-month-old child is in the care of the Hamilton County Department of Employment and Family Services.