Doubt cast on grieving mum's viral killer car crash post
A POLICE report contradicts statements made by a grieving mother whose Facebook post about losing her son in a car accident went viral.
ARM Newsdesk is trying to confirm a claim the mother at the centre of the story is to be arrested on kidnapping charges in the next 24 hours.
However, we do have a copy of the Idaho State Police's initial investigation into the tragic death of Ashley Grimm's four-year-old son Titus.
Ms Grimm, in the Facebook post that has been shared about 400,000 times, said she swerved to avoid a rock on Highway 55 in Horseshoe Bend on June 2.
The 31-year-old's Ford Econoline van left the road, flipped over and landed on its roof.
Little Titus was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly.
The paperwork from the local police office indicates there was nothing on the road when officers investigated the accident.
"Grimm was traveling north on State Highway 55 at milepost 67.7," the officer's report said.
"Grimm failed to maintain her designated lane of travel and drove her vehicle off the roadway on the right shoulder.
"Grimm's vehicle traveled down and embankment, struck a rock wall and overturned onto its driver's side on the right shoulder."
Ms Grimm's message about the trauma of losing her son made world-wide news after it was posted on July 16.
A man claiming to be Titus' uncle, and Ms Grimm's former brother-in-law, said he was a former Idaho State police officer with inside knowledge about Ms Grimm and the crash.
"Very little of the information from the Facebook post is factual," the man calling himself Daniel Harder said.
"The crash investigation proved there was no boulder, rock or debris in the roadway and there were no signs of swerving, braking or even an attempt to get back on the road."
He went on to say Ms Grimm was now "on an illegal road trip" with her children.
"(The trip is) less than six weeks after she drove off the road and killed my brother's youngest son," he said.
"Local law enforcement agencies are working with the county prosecutor to have the felony kidnapping warrant issued sometime today or tomorrow."
ARM Newsdesk contacted Ms Grimm and the Idaho State Police and is waiting for a response from both in relation to Mr Harder's claims.
In her Facebook post, 31-year-old Ms Grimm wrote about how she always struggled to get her boy to keep his seat-belt on.
"My son was notorious for doing everything he could to unbuckle in the car: 'The Flash doesn't wear a seat-belt, and I'm the Flash, mama'," she said.
"We tried five-point harness seats, boosters, I believe even zip ties at one point (probably not safe either) but he always viewed it as a superhero challenge.
"He was a superhero because he always succeeded.
"On average, I would usually pull over three or four times on any given trip to firmly make him buckle up again. "
Ms Grimm went on to describe the accident.
"We were only five minutes out when a large rock rolled into my lane.
"I had three choices: try to straddle the rock, move to the oncoming lane which was a double line large curve with an angry river at the other side. Rock, head on collision, river.
"I chose the rock. I chose wrong … my son was instantly gone.
"Our lives were instantly ripped apart.
"The little boy who had been my pride and joy was cruelly taken from me in a matter of seconds."
Ms Grimm's long post goes on to describe the heart-ache of burying her child before she urges other parents to hug their kids as much as possible, take time to play with them and even allow them to not always eat their broccoli.
"I feel led to write this to all you mamas because I have a longing to look each of you in the eyes and tell you this: 'Hold your babies tight'," she said.
"That's all I want to shout to the world.
"I have held my dead son's body in the middle of a highway while I rocked him and screamed, no ordered, God to bring him back.
"I have chosen a funeral plot for my four-year-old boy as I contemplated jumping from the cliff the cemetery overlooks just so I could be where he is.
"I have purchased a $200 superhero outfit for my son to wear as he decomposes in the earth.
"I have kissed a corpse over and over and wept as I traced over every feature of his ice cold face and held his still dimpled, but lifeless hands.
"I have slept in a cemetery just to try and take one more nap with him. I talk to the dirt. To the ground where he lies with his lovey blanket and his avengers outfit."
- APN NEWSDESK