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Probation for woman who had boy hold down mattress on top of her car


Updated March 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM CST:  A Nevada woman who had an eight year old boy on top of her car holding down a bed mattress on top of her car has plead guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

While the car was in motion the boy and the mattress were blown off the car and onto the road.

Michelle Koutz, 29, of Nevada, is sentenced to five years of supervised probation.

The boy spent six days at a Kansas City hospital following surgery for a head injury before being released.

Updated September 30, 2011 at 5:15 PM CST by Jehan Sheikh:  An eight year old Nevada, Missouri boy who fell off a moving vehicle last weekend is now home from the hospital.

Gage Morris was air lifted to a hospital in Kansas City where he spent six days.

He received a number of stitches on his forehead from wounds he received when he flew off a family friends car while trying to hold onto a mattress.

"As soon as I knew it was a bad idea - as soon as the mattress flipped up I tried to hold onto the window," Gage says.  "I didn't really care about the mattress then.  I cared about my life."

Gage says he remembers everything that happened up until he arrived at the hospital in Kansas City.

Gage's mother, Ashley McKinney, says she was scared for her son's life and is glad he is now home safe.

She says the doctors have ordered Gage to bed rest and minimal activity.

Gage says he is upset he will miss out on the soccer season and outdoor activities but says he is excited to get back to school to see his friends once he heals.

"I remembered it - I was wishing that never happened - I was wishing it was like it was a dream," says Gage.

The Nevada School District tells us Gage's class has made him get well cards.

Michelle Kouts, the woman driving the vehicle when the Gage fell off, was charged with child endangerment and is out on bond.

Attempts to reach her were unsuccessful.

Updated September 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM CST:  According to the police report the boy had brain surgery to have blood clots removed and is in serious condition at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

The incident was on Saturday September 24.

Reported September 29, 2011 at 2:07 PM CST:  Police say a Nevada, Missouri woman transporting a mattress on the roof of her Chevy Lumina placed an eight year old boy on the mattress to hold it down - now he's in the hospital and she is charged with child welfare endangerment.

Police say the driver is Michelle Kouts, 29, and the boy and the mattress were blown off the vehicle on Tuesday.  Kouts took the boy to his mother, who then took him to the hospital in Nevada.  He was later flown to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Kouts has plead not guilty to a charge of child welfare endangerment.

From KNEM/KNMO in Nevada:

An eight-year-old boy is in a hospital and Nevada woman faces a felony charge after a mattress transportation mishap Tuesday (September 27) in Nevada. 29-year-old Michelle Koutz pleaded not guilty to a charge alleging child welfare endangerment during a brief arraignment  Wednesday (September 28) in Vernon County associate circuit court. A probable cause statement  filed by the Nevada Police Department says Koutz was transporting the mattress on the roof of a Chevy Lumina and place the boy on the mattress to hold it in place but both he and the mattress were blown off the vehicle between the railroad bridges on East Walnut Street. Koutz returned the boy to his mother at a Nevada restaurant and he was taken to Nevada Regional Medical Center and later was flown to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Koutz is represented by public defender Brandi McInroy and her next court appearance is scheduled October 27.

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