The father of an 8-year-old boy was arrested and will appear in court next week to face charges of child endangerment. The reason: his son skipped church to go play.
Jeffrey K. Williamson Jr., 31, states he thought his son, Justin, boarded a bus with his other children sent by the Woodville Baptist Church in Blanchester, Ohio. Instead, his Williamson’s son ditch the bus and walked to a nearby Family Dollar store. An employee of the store contatced police to report an unaccompanied child. Upon arrival, the police drove Justin home, a mere four blocks away.
The police arrived at the Williamson home at the same time as the Woodville Baptist Church bus did, right in time for his children to witness him get arrested.
“The next thing you know, he [the officer] comes up to me and he says, ‘You’re under arrest.’ My kids start crying their eyes out wondering why I’m getting arrested,” Williamson said.
To make matters worse, once the story ran on the front page of the New Journal, Williamson was fired from his job at McDonald’s. He has since found another job.
Williamson is scheduled to appear in Clinton County Municipal Court on July 10. If found guilty of first-degree misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, he could face up to six months in jail.
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