A Tennessee mother faces criminal charges after she nearly beat a kids’ football coach to death with a baseball bat over claims he molested her sons.
Lakeshia Richmond, 27, of Memphis, admitted she took the law into her own hands when her boys, aged 8 and 9, told her they had been groped by their coach, Tony Massey.
“I asked them ‘Did he touch you bad, did he touch you down there?’ and my little boy said ‘yes,’” Richmond told reporters, “and I said ‘was it just you?’ and he said ‘no, it was some more kids.’”
Within an hour of being told this information, Richmond saw the little league football coach walking alone in Memphis on Saturday. “When I see him, I see my kids being hurt and that’s all I see,” she told WREG-TV.
It was then that Richmond said she flipped. She went to the trunk of her car and pulled out a baseball bat. She chased Massey down and began beating him repeatedly with the bat.
“During the beating he was saying he didn’t do it and that he was sorry,” said Richmond. “If you didn’t do it then why are you saying you’re sorry? What are you sorry for?”
Massey was found, bleeding and badly injured, by police officers and remains in a serious condition in hospital.
“I didn’t intend to do whatever I did to him,” Richmond said at a media conference, after she was released from jail on a $10,000 bond. “I apologize, but I don’t apologize for what happened to my kids.”
‘What if they had killed him,’ his grandmother, Lula Massey, said to WREG. ’He is [in his 30’s], I have never seen him touch a child inappropriately or heard of him touching a child inappropriately,’ she said.