Rostraver dad, girlfriend get probation for injuring woman in child custody incident

September 23, 2018

A Rostraver man and his girlfriend pleaded guilty Wednesday to dragging a woman with a car during a child custody fight.

Joshua Lucot, 22, and Anastasia Kaefer, 21, of Scottdale were sentenced to serve two years on probation, including a year of house arrest for a June incident in which a Mt. Pleasant woman suffered injuries when she was dragged along with a car as the couple sped away with a young child.

Police contend Lucot and Kaefer attempted to leave with his 21-month-old daughter seated unrestrained in his lap as the child’s mother struggled to regain custody of the girl. The woman was dragged for about a block as she held on to an open window of the car as it drove away, according to prosecutors.

“Your child could have been killed,” Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Rita Hathaway told Lucot. “You better take a very serious attitude about this.”

Lucot pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and reckless endangerment. Kaefer, who police said was the driver, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a vehicle and reckless endangerment. The prosecution dropped a more serious charge of aggravated assault.

Assistant District Attorney Karen Patterson said the sentences for both Lucot and Kaefer were within standard state guidelines. Both were ordered to complete parenting classes as part of their sentences.

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