Katelyn Mings, 29, Columbus, has been charged in connection with a fatal vehicle crash that killed her ten-year-old daughter.
On January 17, 2021, approximately 3:00 p.m., Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of E 25th Street in reference to a vehicle crash. On arrival, deputies found 10-year old Kaydence Mings deceased at the scene.
The driver, Katelyn Mings, mother of the deceased, Webster Gilcrease and their infant child were also in the vehicle. Katelyn Mings and Gilcrease were transported to Columbus Regional Hospital and later to Methodist Hospital for their injuries. Both have since been released. The infant was injured.
Following an investigation by the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department and Indiana State Police, a preliminary report was sent to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office.
On March 2, 2021, the Bartholomew County Prosecutor’s Office announced formal charges against Katelyn Mings on allegations involving:
Causing a death when operating a vehicle while intoxicated (Level 4 felony)
Operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person less than 18-years of age (Level 6 felony)
After a warrant was issued for Mings, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy Dylan Prather located her at her residence and transported her to the Bartholomew County Jail where she remains in lieu of $150,000 bond.
All persons are considered innocent unless/until proven guilty in a court of law.
Primary Deputy: Deputy Prather
Assisting: Captain Dave Steinkoenig, Lieutenant T. A. Smith, Sergeant Andrew Whipker, Deputy Jason Williams
Detective Assigned: Detective Will Kinman
“Just because a person is not immediately arrested, does not mean that they are not under investigation”, said Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers. “Depending on the investigation, it may take several months to determine whether or not to file charges”. “A good job was done by all involved in this investigation”, added Sheriff Myers.