WATERLOO — The mother of a girl critically injured in what was thought to be a hit-and-run crash two weeks ago has been arrested.

Waterloo police arrested Anita Nelson, 32, of 1017 Mulberry St., for filing a false report, a misdemeanor.

Authorities allege she gave false statements to police, medical staff and Iowa Department of Human Services workers trying to cover up for her boyfriend because she didn’t want him to go to jail. She is also accused of coaching her other children and witnesses what to tell police, records state.

Police and paramedics found Nelson’s daughter in the roadway in the area off East Ninth and Mulberry streets around 8:15 p.m. April 18, and Nelson said a vehicle had hit the child and drove off.

Nelson also told police she didn’t know who hit her daughter and denied her boyfriend was present at the time of the collision, according to court records.

The girl was taken to UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo, then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City and placed in a medically induced coma, court records state.

During the investigation, Nelson’s account changed, and she said the girl had been hanging onto the vehicle while her boyfriend was backing out of the driveway and became caught in the wheel well, records state. The boyfriend then drove off, records state.

Waterloo Police said the investigation into the case remains open and no other charges have been filed.

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