A Memphis-area mother is facing aggravated assault charges after attacking her sons’ little league football coach with a baseball bat. According to the no-nonsense mother, the coach had molested her sons and, upon seeing him, she simply couldn’t control herself.
The New York Daily News relates:
“I didn’t intend to do whatever I did to him,” said [Lakeshia Richmond]. “I apologize, but I don’t apologize for what happened to my kids.”
She claimed one of her sons told her Saturday that [Tony Massey] touched him inappropriately. “I said, ‘was it just you?’ and he said ‘no, it was some more kids,’” she told WREG.
Later Saturday, she saw Massey walking alone and grabbed the bat from the trunk of her car.
“When I see him, I see my kids being hurt and that’s all I see,” Richmond said.
Cops found Massey “shirtless and bleeding from the head and face,” according to WMC-TV, and later arrested Richmond on charges of aggravated assault.
Massey has not been arrested but police are reportedly investigating the abuse allegations. He remains in the hospital in serious condition.
Watch an interview with Richmond, via ABC 24, below:
“I did what I had to do; I put it in God’s hands,” she remarked.
The local ABC24 reporter noted that, before putting it in God’s hands, she did seem to take matters into her own.
The local district attorney said that while she understands the need to protect one’s children, “when someone is acting out and committing a crime for the sake of their children, or in defense of their children, you’re just causing more problems…It’s not a situation where any good is going to come from you trying to take the law into your own hands.”
Richmond noted that she did call police, saying: “I was hoping the police made it to him before I did…He was saying he didn’t do it and he was sorry. If you didn’t do it why are you saying you’re sorry? What are you sorry for?”
She added: “If the law would’ve made it there before I did… [it] probably wouldn’t have happened.”