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UPDATE: Waterloo mother charged with filing false police report of daughter's accident

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UPDATE: The mother of an 11-year-old girl critically injured in what was reported as a "hit and run" has been arrested.

Anita Nelson of Waterloo is charged with filing a false police report to allegedly cover for her boyfriend. She's also accused of coaching her other children and witnesses on what to say to police.

On April 18, police found Nelson's daughter in the road in front of her home in the intersection of E. 9th and Mulberry St. 

Originally, Nelson told police an unknown driver hit her daughter and took off.

Eventually, Nelson told police her daughter was hanging on the back of the car belonging to her boyfriend and when he was backing out of the driveway, her daughter got caught in the wheel well.

Nelson allegedly lied to police, DHS and medical personnel. 

When asked why she lied, the report says Nelson told police she "loves her boyfriend and did not want to see him go to prison". 

The little girl has been placed in a medically induced coma.

UPDATED BY: Lauren Moss


An 11-year-old girl is in critical condition in Iowa City after she was hit by a car. Her family says she's the victim of a hit-and-run.

The accident happened Wednesday evening in Waterloo near the intersection of East 9th and Mulberry Streets. Family says 11-year-old Brooklyn Nelson was hit by a car and has a long recovery ahead of her. Brooklyn told her family she doesn't remember anything about the accident, except for falling down.

"Whoever hit my granddaughter doesn't have a heart, you don't have a heart, and you have a troubled soul," said Felicia Sheppard, Brooklyn's grandmother.

Sheppard says her granddaughter was hit by a car while she was outside playing, but the driver took off.

"They left her laying in the middle of the street, they didn't check on her, they didn't do anything, they just hit her and left her, she's 11," said Sheppard.

Sheppard says her granddaughter is in Iowa City's Children's Hospital. The hospital confirms that Brooklyn is in critical condition.

"She has three broken ribs, a deflated lung and a ripped spleen," said Sheppard. "They've got her in a coma status so she can heal slowly and they can find out what everything else is doing." 

Sheppard says seeing her granddaughter in pain is heart-rending.

"She's bruised up, they say she can hear us and she can feel us touching her, it's hard," said Sheppard.

Friday we learned that there may be some dispute over what happened to the little girl. The police report from Wednesday night states a "pedestrian was struck by a vehicle," but when KWWL called Waterloo Police on Friday, we were told "there was no evidence of a vehicle." 

We asked Waterloo Police if Brooklyn was or was not hit by a car, their response, "We are not exactly sure. The victim gave different stories and we are still trying to run down leads."

Meantime, Sheppard is hopeful someone will come forward with information on the incident. Following the incident, police told us the accident was still under investigation, and if anyone had any information to contact Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers.

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