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Mother intentionally runs over son who wouldn’t get off of the driveway


The Salem Township woman accused of running over her son was ordered released to a pretrial release program after making her first appearance Wednesday in Olmsted County District Court.

Cynthia Lea Grund, 58, is charged with second-degree assault, third-degree assault with substantial bodily harm, and criminal vehicular operation. All three are felony charges. Grund was also charged with misdemeanor domestic assault.

Judge Christa Daily ordered Grund be released on conditions that she be enrolled in a pretrial release program and that she undergo a mental health evaluation.

Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 5:15 p.m. Monday to the 3500 block of County Road 150 Southwest in Salem Township for a report of an accident with injury, Capt. Scott Behrns said.

Deputies arrived and found first responders tending to a 37-year-old man lying across a driveway behind a 2004 Ford Explorer, according to court documents. Blood could be seen running down the home’s sloped driveway and around the man’s face.

He was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys for what is believed to be a “severely broken pelvis.”

Deputies were able to speak with the man at the hospital where he told them that he and his mother had a disagreement earlier in the day and he had gone outside to have a smoke and calm down, according to court documents. The man said he was sitting in the driveway when his mom was driving down it to pick him up when he was hit.

The man said he thought his mom accidentally ran over him, according to court documents.

When deputies spoke with Grund, she said the pair had argued earlier in the day and her son, who had been drinking, had pushed her out of a bedroom door, which prompted Grund and her husband to tell her son that he needed to leave.

Grund made arrangements for her son to say with a friend in Rochester and then went outside to drive him there. The man refused to get in the car and then told her “Well, you’re not going to run me over,” according to court documents.

Grund said she backed up her vehicle and “gave herself some time to think about it.” The man was lying in the driveway. Grund reportedly told him she was going to run him over and then did so.

When asked by a deputy to confirm that she intentionally ran the man over, Grund replied, “you bet,” according to court records.

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