WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) — Winnebago County authorities announced two dozen charges against a Winnebago County couple who are accused of attempted murder and aggravated battery to a child charges against their own 11-year-old and 13-year-old children.
The charges are against Chris Williams, 47, and Kathryn Williams, 49. The 24-count bill of indictment includes attempted first degree murder charges, aggravated battery to a child charges, reckless conduct and aggravated domestic battery.
Authorities say they received a call in August 2018 regarding the potential abuse of two children around the same time the parents were searching for hospice care for their children.
13 WREX has reported multiple times on the children, who the parents said suffered from severe health issues. As recently as October 2017, 13 WREX covered an event with the Make-A-Wish foundation in which the family got to go to Disney World.
On Aug. 20, detectives launched an investigation in to the alleged abuse, which was first reported by DCFS. On Aug. 30, the state’s attorney issued a protective custody warrant, and on Aug. 31 authorities executed the warrant.
According to the bill of indictment, the parents lied about their children’s health issues resulting in them getting intravenous lines, feeding tubes and catheters they never needed.
The indictment even says the abuse of unnecessary medical treatment caused the children to be confined to a bed and wheelchair.
The children were home schooled and did not attend public school on a regular basis. Hite-Ross says because of the quick work by investigators and medical teams, the children are now doing OK and do not need hospice care.
Separate law firms representing the Williams’ sent 13 News the following statement:
“Today the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office announced charges against Kathryn and Christopher Williams. These charges are merely allegations, not proof of criminal conduct beyond a reasonable doubt. Mr. and Mrs. Williams love their children and would never do anything to place them at risk of harm. It is important that this case is tried through the court system, where evidence and facts matter, and not through the media or the court of public opinion. Like anyone accused of a crime, Mr. and Mrs. Williams are entitled to due process and the presumption of innocence. We look forward to fighting this case in a court of law, where we expect the evidence will show that Mr. and Mrs. Williams are innocent.”