Cov­ing­ton man charged with child abuse

The Covington News - - News - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

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.

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