'Jealous' woman plows van into father of her baby over affair with sister before killing pedestrian

Christopher Griffith, who was seen using a cane and making his way into the store when he was mowed down, died in hospital

'Jealous' woman plows van into father of her baby over affair with sister before killing pedestrian
A dark blue minivan shown in surveillance footage released by the DA’s office can be seen hitting two pedestrians outside the supermarket at an extremely high speed (Donald F Scott/Vanessa McCloud/ Facebook)
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CINCINNATI, OHIO: An Ohio woman, Taahviya Chapman, 24, ran over Jawon Khalid Lunsford, the father of her baby, before driving into another pedestrian, Christopher Griffith, outside a Kroger store near Spring Grove Avenue on August 31. Griffith, who was seen using a cane and making his way into the store when he was mowed down, died in hospital while Lunsford suffered a broken leg.

Chapman dropped off the father of her baby, Lunsford, and allegedly went through his phone as she suspected he and her sister had been messaging each other, WXIX reported. She and Lunsford were arguing inside the store minutes before Chapman used her van to hit Lunsford as he walked out of Kroger. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said, “As Jawon left Kroger, she took this 3-ton vehicle and plowed into him and plowed into Christopher Griffith — an innocent man, on a cane, walking across a crosswalk to get to Kroger.”

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A dark blue minivan shown in surveillance footage released by the DA’s office can be seen hitting two pedestrians outside the supermarket at an extremely high speed. Before the crowd could gather, the driver exits the van, runs to the victims and repeatedly strikes Lunsford. Then she quickly walks out of the frame of the footage when the crowd gathers before returning back to the vehicle and leaves via the passenger side front door a few moments later. Reports said the onlookers restrained the defendant when she tried to flee after the crash.

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“What this woman did is sickening,” the Hamilton County Prosecutor said in a press release. “Her total disregard for human life is stunning. This woman didn’t care about the lives she put in danger – including her own 8-month-old child. That level of selfishness is impossible to understand, but we will do everything in our power to ensure she spends the rest of her life in prison.”

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Chapman stands accused of one count of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, one count of attempted murder, and one count of endangering children, according to the Hamilton County Prosecutor. If convicted, Chapman will face life in prison and is currently being detained without bond. She has court dates presently slated for September 12 on most of the charges. There is also a court date set for September 21, 2022, over the child custody charge.

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