Sky Harbor woman had mental illness, mother says - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Sky Harbor woman had mental illness, mother says

Posted: Updated:
Bebe Anderson, Koko's mom Bebe Anderson, Koko's mom
Koko Anderson Koko Anderson
  • NEWSMore>>

  • “Hop to the Tanks” food drive

    “Hop to the Tanks” food drive

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:17 AM EDT2014-04-16 07:17:04 GMT
    The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division will host the "Hop to the Tanks" food drive Tuesday April 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fort Benning Commissary. Donated food will support theMore >>
    The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division will host the "Hop to the Tanks" food drive Tuesday April 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fort Benning Commissary. Donated food will support the Battle Buddy Resource Center which has a mission to combat hunger by providing food assistance to Fort Benning Soldiers and their families. More >>
  • Georgia fugitive captured after months at large

    Georgia fugitive captured after months at large

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:01 AM EDT2014-04-16 07:01:00 GMT
    An escaped Georgia inmate who was on the run for months is now back behind bars. Chad Dasher eluded law enforcement since escaping from Tattnall County, Ga. on Jan. 24, 2014. [Related: Georgia fugitiveMore >>
    An escaped Georgia inmate who was on the run for months is now back behind bars. Chad Dasher eluded law enforcement since escaping from Tattnall County, Ga. on Jan. 24, 2014. [Related: Georgia fugitiveMore >>
  • Man charged with leaving hoax device at Boston Marathon finish line

    Man charged with leaving hoax device at Boston Marathon finish line

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 3:00 AM EDT2014-04-16 07:00:41 GMT
    Two unattended bags found at the Boston Marathon finish line Tuesday have been detonated by Boston police's bomb squad. One suspect has been taken into custody.More >>
    Two unattended bags found at the Boston Marathon finish line Tuesday have been detonated by Boston police's bomb squad. One suspect has been taken into custody.More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It was a wild scene at Sky Harbor Airport Thursday night, as a Valley mom with her baby in the backseat rammed her car through an airport fence and on to a runway.

Minutes later, police said the driver smashed into another fence and officers moved in and arrested her.

"We believe this is intoxication and poor decision making," said Sgt. Trent Crump. "The individual was ... unaware of her location and was even unaware, by statements she made, that the child was even in the car with her."

The woman has been identified as Koko Nicole Anderson, 21, of Mesa.

The child in the backseat was Anderson's 2-month-old son, who authorities said was checked out at a local hospital and is doing fine.

CBS 5 News spoke to Koko Anderson's mother, Bebe Anderson, at her home in the east Valley.

Bebe Anderson told CBS 5 News that her daughter has a history of mental illness and suffers from a bi-polar disorder.

"I do not believe she was under the influence of drugs or drinking," said Bebe Anderson.

Bebe Anderson said that her primary concern is that her daughter receive medical care instead of just sitting in a jail cell.

"I love her so much. I just don't want to see her in a system that doesn't validate the illness that I believe she has," said Bebe Anderson. "I want the county jail system to be sympathetic to getting her help by getting her hospitalized."

Phoenix police said they are aware of the woman's possible mental health issues and standard procedure is that she be evaluated at the jail.

However, Koko Anderson is still facing criminal charges of criminal damage and aggravated DUI.

The baby has been turned over to family members.

Copyright 2012 CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Today's Top Stories on News Leader 9

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.