Tenants' Offer to Babysit Autistic Boy for Single Mom Turns Into Disgusting Abuse Case

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Melissa Nicole JonesThere's an old saying about how no man is an island. It means we all have to reach out sometimes, depend on other people. But for one single mom of two from Georgia, reaching out in a family crisis turned into a nightmare. Her neighbors, her tenants, have been arrested, accused of raping her autistic 10-year-old son, while they were babysitting the boy. 

The mother, whose full name is being withheld to protect the identity of her child as he is the victim of sexual assault, is obviously distraught. And from the sounds of it, she's blaming herself for leaving her autistic 10-year-old with Melissa Nicole Jones and Matthew Wilson Freethy-Swimm, the couple accused of sexually assaulting him.

But she shouldn't. She was a mom just doing what she had to do, split between her two kids as one needed to go to the doctor and the other needed a sitter. How was she to know these people who were offering to be good Samaritans to a mom in need were wolves in sheep's clothing?

The sad reality of life is: anyone could be a monster. The worst ones often tend to be the best at hiding their inner demons.

It isn't this mom's fault, and anyone who thinks so is ridiculous. We all have emergencies in life, and single mom or not, we all have times when we need to reach out and blindly trust others because we have no darn choice.

The important thing is that the people we are trusting recognize the import of what we're asking of them and rise to the occasion.

According to the charges, Melissa Nicole Jones and Matthew Wilson Freethy-Swimm did not rise to the occasion when their landlord asked them to watch her 10-year-old so she could deal with an emergency with her other child. They fell.

Police have charged the couple both with felony statutory rape and child molestation. The man was additionally charged with aggravated assault and the woman with sexual battery. The man allegedly held a knife to the poor boy's throat while Melissa allegedly sexually abused the child. They're accused of later bragging about taking the boy's "virginity."

They are being held in jail without bail and face substantial time in prison if convicted. Meanwhile this mom and her two boys have to pick up the pieces, try to get their lives back, to try to learn to trust other people again. Hopefully the monsters being sent away will help ... will remind this mom that it's not her fault that this happened; it's theirs.

Have you ever had to trust someone on blind faith? What happened?

 

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Christina Gombert

OMG this story brough tears to my eye to think about what that poor little boy went through. These two monsters should be put in jail for life and never let out. WHAT the hell is wrong with people these days? Im going to hug my 7 year old son a little tighter and longer when i get home today.

Lilit... Lilith.23

I trust people with my things, but with my children nope.

I read and see so many of stories like this one that i can never hand my child to somebody that i don't know. It's either my parents or My sisters.

And i fully understand that she had an emergency and it's not easy being a single mom and i know that there's some heartless people that will blame her but it's not her fault really.

Lilit... Lilith.23

I trust people with my things, but with my children nope.

I read and see so many of stories like this one that i can never hand my child to somebody that i don't know. It's either my parents or My sisters.

And i fully understand that she had an emergency and it's not easy being a single mom and i know that there's some heartless people that will blame her but it's not her fault really.

cassi... cassie_kellison

I have a hard time leaving my children with peope I KNOW so I wouldn't have left either ofthem with strangers. I don't understan why the mother couldn't take both children with her to the Doctors. I would have, and I have before. It's just a sad thing to happen to that boy

Irela... Ireland69

Blame the evil bastards!

Joy-Nicole Smith

and people wonder why i never leave my kids with people i do or dont know

nonmember avatar Laurie

I was the vicitm of sexual assault by a male babysitter my parents trusted. He was considered a family friend. They went out one night and he invited another male friend of his over and they took turns molesting me. I was extremely upset to begin with because I missed my parents and they took advantage of the situation. I was told I could trust him so I was confused as I realized what had happened. It was years before my parents found out. Needless to say, I don't allow anyone to babysit my kid. If my parents are in town my husband and I have a date night. Literally a couple of times a year. If there is an emergency my sister in law and her husband work for a few minutes, but they don't even watch their own kids so I worry the whole time. I'm 3 weeks away from my due date with my daughter and praying we don't have an emergency before my mom can get here because I have NO ONE to watch my son while I am in the hospital. We live in a pretty sick society when you can't even trust your own family and friends.

wamom223 wamom223

It sounds as though the mom is already beating herself up enough that everyone should leave her alone.  While I can't see myself ever leaving my son with someone I didn't completely trust judging the mother doesn't erase what happened to the child.  This is why we should have minimum sentencing for these types of crimes.  Not only should their be a minimum for raping a child but one for doing it to a child with a disability and if you were put in a place of authority (i.e. teacher, day care worker, church volenteer or BABYSITTER) there should be more time for that. 

Renah Renah

This is absolutely disgusting! I got sick to my stomach as I read it. I hope that this family can heal peacefully and I hope these people receive what they deserve!!!

Shannon Elysabeth Mundorff

Well if they admit what they did and promise to never do it again, according to the Stir, and many people who commented, we should forgive them! And we should not judge them! They CAN change! And we should NOT be angry at them if they ask for forgiveness! SMDH when will EVERYONE realize ALL people who abuse children need to be put down.

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