Mom fighting to keep “dangerous” son out of home: ‘I don’t know what else to do. There are so many roadblocks’

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Williamsburg, Va. - It seems like simple solution. A Williamsburg mom says her son is too dangerous to live with her and other children, but she could face charges if she doesn't let him come home.

She says what he needs is long term treatment at a residential facility. However, that decision isn't always up to the parents to make.

Kimberlyn Williams feels like she’s spinning her wheels and going nowhere.

“Everywhere I go, someone sends me to somewhere else; They`re pointing the finger in every direction,” she says. “Somewhere there`s someone that has the answer to this and I can`t find that person."

She's now in the process of finding that person - an attorney to finally get her son help.

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Williams says she caught her 12-year-old son trying to molest her 4-year-old daughter. That’s the latest incident she says after years of violent and inappropriate behavior towards her and children at school.

We sat down with her and her fiance at their home earlier this week.

“He has been diagnosed multiple times from different doctors,” she says. “Everything from Oppositional Defiant Disorder, early onset bipolar disorder, ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder and Conduct Disorder.

What Williams wants is her son to receive 24-hour supervision in a residential facility. However, getting her wish is much tougher than she imagined.

“I don`t know what else to do. There are so many roadblocks," she says.

For a growing number of parents in the Commonwealth like Williams who believe their children need residential care, several roadblocks stand in their way.

According to Dr. Bela Sood, a child mental health doctor and advocate, the number one obstacle parents face is finding a bed. Residential facilities have a very limited number available. Then, there's the financial issue of who would pay for it. Insurance companies typically require proof that parents have exhausted every type of treatment before approving residential care. Also, depending on the child's diagnosis, that could limit where and if the child could even get treatment.

Williams continues to fight.

“I can`t just give up,” she says. “I can`t just back down and let him back in."

Next week , along with her attorney and fiancé, Williams plans to meet with a team of doctors and social workers who could help her son get the 24-hour treatment he needs.

11 comments

  • Frances

    If she has to take the child back and the child harms or kills one of the other children, she will probably go to jail also, so she is basically going to jail one way or the other. But at least hopefully if the dangerous child is getting the help needed she is helping protect all the children.

    • leadfootjen

      Who said she had her kids out of wedlock? For all you know, she and her husband divorced and she is now engaged to another man.

    • Cherry James

      Gary. Mrs. Williams is divorced from the boy’s father, who is currently overseas, with the US Military and is also very much involved in his son’s life. I am a family member, while you, Gary, are an ignorant a$$…

      • Ann M

        Maybe he is considered dangerous but has she ever considered him a damaged child. Has there been a history of abuse, either sexually or physically? Abused children may display aggressive behavior or sexual behavior (what was done to them). There could be a predator that got to her 12 year old and will target her 4 year old next when the 12 year old is sent away. The child needs help from a specialist in abuse cases to rule it out.

        • Cherry James

          Ann M.: Do you read entire articles/listen to entire interviews before you post comments, or do you just post to see your name in print?!!

  • leadfootjen

    It amazes me that parents aren’t heeded. Who knows their child better than the parent? (As a rule). Again, mental health isn’t being taken seriously, and usually by those who don’t have to deal with it regularly, I bet. May she find the right person to help her and her son.

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