Mom Faces Jail for Trying to Protect Kids From Their 12-Year-Old Brother (VIDEO)

One mother is prepared to go to prison if it means protecting herself and her family from her violent son. Kimberlyn Williams of Williamsburg, Virginia, is in a position no mom wants to find herself in. She says her 12-year-old son is violent, out-of-control, and disturbed.

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Years spent running around to doctors and trying to get diagnoses for her son haven't helped. She says she finally had to call police when she walked in on her son exposing himself to her 4-year-old daughter and trying to get her to touch him. She told News Channel 3:

I am his mother and I do love him, but he's dangerous ... 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.

Williams says she's been bit and kicked, her son will threaten to kill other children, and now it seems he's escalated to trying to molest his sister.

But what is a mom to do? Williams wants to protect herself and her other children -- but she also wants to help her son.

Unfortunately, help for children like Williams' son is not easily obtained. Right now her son is at a behavioral health center (i.e., psychiatric ward), but he will soon be released. He will only be kept there under one condition -- if she abandons him and simply refuses to pick him up. But then she's committed a crime and could go to jail. This is absurd!

It's unclear why she can't leave him there without it being a crime; children do get involuntarily committed to psychiatric units. Perhaps the psychiatrists didn't feel he was a danger to himself or others. Perhaps the laws are different in Virginia.

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States strike a balance between psych wards being a dumping ground for troublesome kids whose parents just don't want to deal, and dangerous kids who may grow up to be dangerous adults. Let's all remember how we screamed, "Why didn't anyone do anything before this happened?!" about Adam Lanza.

But Williams says she is ready to be charged with abandonment if it means keeping her son where he can be helped -- and away from her other kids. Who can blame her?

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It's time we started taking mental health more seriously, not only for adults, but for kids too. These are the kids who can grow up to cost our society dearly when they become criminals. Let's get to them while they still have a chance to be changed for the better. We can leave it all up to overworked, overstressed moms who have no idea what they're doing. And a mom shouldn't be thrown in the slammer, where she will be unable to take care of her other children, because she has no idea how to help her troubled child.

Do you think this mom should be arrested? What should we as a society do to help moms like this?

Image via News Channel 3

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