Covington man charged with child abuse
A mother brought her 10-year-old son into the Covington Police Department Sunday, to report that she noticed her son was severely bruised after spending time with his father in Covington.
The woman noticed the bruises when her son was getting into the shower. When she asked where they came, from he reportedly said, “My Dad hit me.”
Officers spoke with the boy who allegedly told them that he went to sleep at his father’s house Thursday around 11 p.m. He said he was being punished for calling another child at camp a name, and to punish him, his father Edward Williams, had taken the fuse for his room from the fuse box, leaving him with no power or lights in his room.
He reportedly told officers that he became scared and turned on a light outside of his room. His stepmother Rosalyn Williams, turned the light off, and he said he turned another one on. She turned that one off, as well, and then his father came into his room and spanked him “a bunch” on his arms and legs with a leather belt with ridges or studs on it, he told officers.
Williams then left his son’s room. The boy said he then started screaming for a light because he was scared.
According to reports, the boy said that Williams came back into his room with a bar of white soap, grabbed him by the neck and sat on top of him, forcing the bar of soap “down his throat.”
He said his father then threw him in the corner of the bedroom against the wall, and then threw him into the bathroom, causing him to hit his head on the wall before falling to the floor. He said his father said, “You want a light? Sleep in here for all I care.”
The juvenile told officers that he stayed in the bath- room for five or six minutes before Williams told him to go back to his room. He told officers that he continued to ask for a light and his father came back into the room, told him to “Shut up” and punched him in the leg and ribs several times.
Afterwards, Williams reportedly turned the power back on in his room.
A few moments later he came into the boy’s room, slamming the door hard enough to make a hole in the sheetrock. He then reportedly threatened to call military schools and mental hospitals, and told his son, “You are not right,” and “You are going away.”
The child told officers that eventually he fell asleep, and the next day, he was not allowed to go to camp, but had to do chores at home and stay in his room with no power.
The child’s mother told officers that she had texted Williams and asked where their son’s bruises came from. She reportedly showed officers texts from Williams that said, among other things, “He is just like u. thinks he can do or say anything. And be disrespectful to who ever he wants to… our son is out of con troll because of lack of discipline for the past 10 years. Do what u want. I don’t care. Call who u want. I don’t care.”
When officers went to Williams’ home to retrieve clothing and medication with the boy’s mother, Williams was reportedly “immediately agitated and aggressive toward officers.”
He was placed under arrest and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act and cruelty to children. Officers went inside the home and spoke with Rosalyn Williams, who showed them the child’s room, which they had begun turning into an office. There was a hole in the wall like the child said. There was also a sign that threatened to turn off the power if the lights were not turned off.