Kelly Cox hospitalized after apparent seizure
Thursday, October 06, 2011
The Troy Township woman who is accused of killing former Geauga County Judge Charles “Chip” Henry was transported to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center this morning after an apparent seizure.
Kelly A. Cox, 42, was found unresponsive by her husband, Gary Cox, around 9:10 a.m. this morning in their Greystone Drive home, according to the 9-1-1 call to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.
“I don’t know if my wife has had a stroke or something, but she’s not responsive,” Gary Cox told the dispatcher. “I can get a pulse, but her eyes and her teeth — and she is foaming at the mouth.”
Cox told the dispatcher his wife was feeling “fine” last night and “went to bed normal.”
“She doesn’t sleep good because of a lot of things,” he said. “She came out here, like she normally does, in the middle of the night and watches TV.”
Cox said he checked on her in the middle of the night, covered her up and went back to bed.
When he got up this morning, he said his wife was sleeping and looked OK, but upon returning home after taking his son to school, he noticed something was wrong and called police.
The dispatcher told Cox, who was in the room with his wife, to call out her name loudly.
“Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, honey please, Kell,” he shouted.
But his wife, whose eyes were open and arms were shaking, would not respond, he told the dispatcher.
Cox was instructed to repeat to his wife that everything was OK and help was on the way.
He said his wife had suffered seizures before, but had always come out of them.
“This is not a seizure,” he told the dispatcher.
He was told to ask his wife to blink once if she had a headache and after getting no response Cox was instructed to place an index finger in each of her hands and tell Kelly in a firm voice to squeeze his fingers.
“She’s not (squeezing),” he told the dispatcher, but reassured her his wife was breathing.
“It seems like her pulse is weak,” he said. “Kelly, come on, stay with me here.”
The dispatcher instructed Cox to move his wife to the floor.
Cox slid his wife to the floor and she cried out, “Ow!”
“That’s good, Gary, that’s a good sign,” the dispatcher said. “OK, Gary, she’s responding, that’s good, that’s what we wanted.”
Cox told the dispatcher he heard ambulances outside and that Kelly’s mouth opened.
A Troy Township rescue squad transported Kelly Cox to UH Geauga Medical Center in Claridon Township. No additional information on her condition is available at this time.
There is no indication at this time to suggest Kelly Cox was attempting suicide, according to law enforcement officials.
A grand jury indicted Kelly Cox in August for aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to stop after an accident and driving while under the influence of alcohol in the killing Judge Henry in May. She had a blood alcohol level of .284, according to the indictment, more than three times higher than the legal limit, when she slammed her vehicle into Judge Henry while he was riding his bicycle on Rapids Road in Troy Township at approximately 7:30 p.m. May 23.
In addition to the DUI and three felony charges, Kelly Cox also was indicted on two counts of endangering children, also first-degree misdemeanors; and operations in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property, a minor misdemeanor.
If convicted on the most serious of the charges, she faces up to 13 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Criminal defense attorney Mark B. Marein entered a plea of not guilty on all charges on behalf of his client during an Aug. 17 arraignment. She was released on personal recognizance bond.
Kelly Cox appeared with Marein at a Monday pretrial conference. Her trial is scheduled for Nov. 14.