Crisis In The Family Courts

Judge: Mom competent to stand trial for endangerment; Even though DAD killed child and was convicted- faces 70 years in prison (Waterloo, Iowa)

Posted in domestic law by abatteredmother on April 1, 2010

    This is utterly inhumane. Mom didn’t kill the baby. The dad did. He’s been convicted– But Mom is charged with endangerment, she didn’t stop the violent dad you know–even though she seems to suffer from severe depression. She faces 70 YEARS in prison. A lot of the killer dads at Dastardly don’t serve a sentence of even half that length.

    Judge: Mom competent to stand trial

    By JEFF REINITZ, | Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2010 6:27 am | (1) Comments


    Tiara Williams (Courtesy Photo)

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      • WATERLOO – The mother of an infant who died of abuse is competent to go to trial, a Black Hawk County District Court judge has ruled.

        Tiara Meshay Williams, 25, is charged with one count of child endangerment resulting in death and two counts of child endangerment in connection with abuse that killed her son and injured her two daughters.

        Authorities allege the children’s father, Antwuan Williams Sr. – who is serving 120 years for second-degree murder in the case – dealt the wounds, and the mother didn’t report the abuse.

        Tiara Williams’s attorney said she continues to suffer from severe depression that makes her unable to assist with her defense.

        But Judge George Stigler ruled she can go to trial.

        A doctor hired by the defense had argued she was "marginally competent" because she rejected a plea offer that would have reduced the more serious of the three charges and would have resulted in up to 30 years in prison.

        Without the deal, which is no longer being offered, Tiara Williams faces up to 70 years in prison upon conviction.

        Stigler said Williams turned down the plea offer because she believes she did nothing wrong.

        The trial is scheduled to begin Monday.

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