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4/29/2013 9:55:00 PM
Woman who allegedly threatened to harm kids arrested after wild car chase
Courtesy Prescott Police Department
Prescott Police are seeking Jessica M. Meyer, 21, of Prescott, who said she was going to harm herself and her two children. Meyer was last seen with her children, driving a Black 2000 Ford Contour, similar to this car.
Courtesy Prescott Police Department
Prescott Police are seeking Jessica M. Meyer, 21, of Prescott, who said she was going to harm herself and her two children. Meyer was last seen with her children, driving a Black 2000 Ford Contour, similar to this car.
Jessica Mayer
Jessica Mayer
The Daily Courier


Police arrested Jessica Marie Meyer, 21, of Prescott after Meyer fled from officers with her 3-year-old and 1-month-old baby in her car Monday morning and almost hit another vehicle.

"Around 12:30 a.m., the father of one of her children called to say she had threatened to harm herself and her two children," Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said. "The father said she did have the children at the time."

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer first spotted Meyer's car, without its lights on, in the area of Highway 69 and Highway 169, but Meyer sped away northbound on Highway 69, Prescott Police Sgt. Clayton Heath said.

A short time later, Prescott police officers saw the car traveling south on Willow Creek Road, but when officers tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver swerved into oncoming traffic, nearly causing a head-on collision, Heath said.

The vehicle was next seen in the 1300 block of Adams Avenue, but when Prescott police officers tried to contact the driver, she started driving very erratically. The children were seen in the vehicle at this time, Heath said.

Officers tried to deploy spike strips to disable the vehicle, but the driver eluded them and was last seen traveling east on Iron Springs Road, Heath said.

Officers issued an attempt to locate on Meyer's car and sent out a press release about the incident at 7 a.m., while Prescott police investigators and Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies worked together to follow up leads on Meyer and her children.

"We got an anonymous tip she was at her grandmother's house," Morley said.

Around 10:30 a.m., officers found and arrested Meyer at her grandmother's house in Coyote Springs. They also found Meyer's two children unharmed at the home.

Both children were in good condition, and neither appeared to have any injuries or medical problems.

When officers arrived, they found Meyer standing in the front yard. Meyer got in her car and tried to flee, backing her car through a fence and into a YCSO SUV. Officers boxed her in, broke through the car window, shut off the ignition and took her into custody.

"Meyer said the fathers of her two kids do not help her out at all," Morley said.

The children were turned over to family or Child Protective Services.

Meyer was booked into the Yavapai County jail on felony charges including aggravated assault, endangerment, criminal damage and flight from law enforcement.

"She put the kids in danger and the officers in danger," Morley said.






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Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

Postpartum depression (PPD), also called postnatal depression, is a type of clinical depression which can affect women, and less frequently men, typically after childbirth. Studies report prevalence rates among women from 5% to 25%, but methodological differences among the studies make the actual prevalence rate unclear. Among men, in particular new fathers, the incidence of postpartum depression has been estimated to be between 1% and 25.5%. Postpartum depression occurs in women after they have carried a child. Symptoms include sadness, fatigue, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced libido, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability. Although a number of risk factors have been identified, the causes of PPD are not well understood. Many women recover with a treatment consisting of a support group or counseling.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Phil Lashow

Can someone tell us what post "pardom" depression is??

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: children are Ok

Thank You God!

Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

After they nab her let's hope she gets some help so she can be triumphantly reunited with her kids SO THE FAMILY REMAINS INTACT! Seriously those kids won't remember her (hopefully) if they go to someone who wants them.



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