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Mom in pickup ran down teen in park: Police

Brandie Gotch (Maricopa County Sheriff

Brandie Gotch (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office) and tire tracks left in the park where she allegedly ran over a teenage girl (KSAZ screenshot)

A 30-year-old mother of four in Arizona was arrested last week after she allegedly drove her pickup truck through a park filled with children — running one of them over — after engaging in a shouting match with the youths and threatening to kill at least one of the juveniles.

Brandi Gotch was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of child endangerment, four counts of aggravated assault, and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to court documents obtained by Phoenix Fox affiliate KSAZ, the incident took place at about 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Westgreen Park near Butler Drive and 87th Avenue. Police say that Gotch confronted a group of about 15 teenagers because she believed they were bullying several of her kids and throwing wood chips at them.

After going over to the group of kids and yelling at them, Gotch allegedly “grabbed a 14-year-old victim by the hair” and began “pulling his head back and forth and side to side, while yelling at him,” police wrote in a probable cause affidavit. She then reportedly went to her white Chevy Silverado, grabbed what appeared to be a sharp stick, and chased after the boy with it while yelling, “I am going to kill you and run you over.”

Gotch was reportedly angered further when one of the teen boys in the group called her a “b—-.” That’s when the mother allegedly got behind the wheel.

“Brandie was then seen going back to her vehicle, which was now occupied by her four children, and aggressively backed her vehicle towards the exit, but instead of exiting she drove forward, at a high rate of speed, towards the playground area where at least 15 juveniles were standing,” police wrote in the affidavit.

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