HALETHORPE, Md. (WJZ) — Placing the blame. Two middle school boys were caught on tape in a violent fight. It’s a story WJZ first brought you when the video hit the Internet.
Andrea Fujii explains the mother of one of the boys is now facing charges.
A mom was caught on camera encouraging her son to fight another kid.
“Get mad and [expletive] him up,” said Kelly White on the video.
Now Halethorpe mother Kelly White is in trouble with the law because of a Facebook video that went viral.
“I was scared for my son’s life. That’s why I did what I did,” White said.
Last week, White told WJZ that her son was being bullied by the other child and she was trying to teach her son a lesson.
“I’m sure that I will face charges on this, but as a parent, I felt that I was protecting my child to stand up to this child,” she said.
Her prediction has now come true. According to court documents, she now faces multiple charges, including second- degree child abuse and second-degree assault.
“Through our investigation, we determined that this mother’s actions…she did encourage them to fight and it did place both of these boys at risk of physical harm,” said Baltimore County Police Detective Cathy Batton.
“It happened right down there,” said neighbor Mike Bryant.
Neighbors WJZ talked to think the law will teach the mom in this video a lesson.
“She was trying to do the right thing but the wrong way. Doing it through violence ain’t going to solve it,” Bryant said.
“If she’s going to encourage them to fight, let her do her time,” said neighbor Allen Kane.
“My son stood up to them and I was there and if I do have to face charges on this, then I will because as a parent, I was scared for my son not to stand up for himself,” White said.
If convicted on all charges, White faces the possibility of up to 33 years in prison.
White was not placed under arrest, but she was issued a summons to appear in court.