Crime

Columbus mother accused of holding knife to her children's necks

Police said the Columbus mother who allegedly assaulted her 3-month-old boy and 15-year-old girl was "heavily intoxicated" when she reportedly held a knife to both of their throats.

Eva Williams, 39, pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated assault stemming from the alleged Sunday incident that did not injure the baby but slightly harmed her daughter.

Recorder's Court Judge Mary Buckner ordered Williams be held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $10,000.

The case was bound over to Superior Court.

Police say the teen was babysitting her brother at their home in the 1500 block of 12th Street when Williams returned to the Dinglewood Court apartment "heavily intoxicated," Columbus Officer Lamont Baeringer told the court.

Around 9:49 p.m., Williams allegedly accused the teen of not feeding her little brother and yelled at her, Baeringer said. The older victim reportedly told her mother that she was just about to feed him and walked into the kitchen to make a bottle, the officers said.

"At some point, Eva Williams, the defendant, walked in the kitchen with a small pocket knife and stabbed the refrigerator twice," Baeringer said.

The teen told police that she grabbed the baby bottle and walked into the living room to feed her brother, according to the testifying official.

The daughter reported that Williams allegedly pushed her and punched her in the head with a closed fist, Baeringer told the court.

After the alleged attack on the couch, the teen was able to push past her mother and pick up her brother to feed him. Williams reportedly began screaming and yelling at the teen. She forced her daughter to sit on the couch and feed her brother, and the victim did, Baeringer testified.

According to authorities, the mother reportedly approached her children with a knife in each hand. She allegedly placed the small pocket knife against her baby's throat and soon after placed the large knife against the teen's neck, Baeringer said.

"[The teen] was able to get enough separation, so she could set her brother down, knocking both knives out of her mother's hands," the testifying officer said.

Around 9:49 p.m., the teen ran to her neighbor's house to call for police assistance, police said.

When officers arrived, they attempted to get information from Williams on the scene, but she only cursed at the officers and demanded they leave her apartment, Baeringer said.

Police found a knife in the living room table and another in the residence's hall, he said.

Baeringer said the baby was not injured at all, and the teen sustained minor injuries, including a nick on her right hand and small laceration on the outside of her left hand.

The teen refused medical treatment, reports show.

While in court Monday, Williams admitted to arguing with her daughter but denied ever threatening either child with a knife.

"She, at 15, is very, very rude," Williams said. "She didn't like what I had to say."

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