WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A mother in Virginia says she is prepared to face charges for abandoning her 12-year-old son.
“I am his mother and I do love him, but he’s dangerous,” Kimberlyn Williams told WTKR, explaining that she has the safety of her two younger children to think of. She says she has been hit, bit and kicked, and that her son has threatened to stab children at school.
Williams’ son is now at Riverside Behavioral Health Center in Hampton. He was put there after Williams called police last week because of what she says she witnessed between her son and 4-year-old daughter.
“When I went in, I found him exposing himself to her and trying to coerce her to touch him,” Williams said.
Williams says that was the last straw after years of violent and inappropriate behavior, and years of trying to get him the help he needs.
“It’s not a case of us not trying to get him help,” she says. “This is not an isolated incident. It’s been a gauntlet of doctors and medications and diagnoses.”
Her son is set to be released Thursday, but Williams does not want to bring him home. If she doesn’t get him, she told WTKR that she will face criminal charges or child abandonment.
Williams says Child Protective Services told her if she refuses to take him, her son would be placed in a 24-hour supervision residential facility — something she’s wanted all along. She says it would take police arresting her to get her wish.
“I want something to get done,” Williams says. “I don’t want it to be you take this one and you risk your other children’s health and safety or you go to jail. There has to be a better way.”
Neither James City County Police nor CPS will comment.