Glendese A. Williams, a Miramar, Florida youth counselor, was arrested Monday after she was accused of burning her 11-year-old son with an iron, news sources report. Williams, 30, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of abuse that caused great bodily harm and cruelty towards a child. She has since been released on a $7,500 bail bond. It is unclear whether Williams has hired a criminal defense lawyer.
Reports say Williams had recently obtained a position as a youth counselor with Broward Girls Academy, which is based out of Pembroke Pines. It is unclear whether Williams had a position similar to this in the past. So far, Broward Girls Academy has remained mum regarding the arrest. The academy placed Williams on administrative leave without pay as the investigation is ongoing, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice indicates.
The victim reportedly said that he was ironing clothes prior to the school day when he got into a verbal dispute with his mother. At some point, Williams allegedly burned the child’s upper arm with the iron. The child then apparently went to school. A school employee learned of the abuse when the victim requested a bandage, reports say. The victim reportedly received treatment for the first and second-degree burn at the hospital afterwards.
During questioning, Williams reportedly said that she slapped the victim, but denied burning him. The Florida Department of Children and Families reportedly took temporary custody of the victim and his sibling. Temporary custody of the children may soon be given to the children’s grandparents, sources say. It is unclear how this case will affect Williams’s custody of her children in the long run.
Child abuse and neglect cases are a persistent problem in Florida. Earlier this month, Tampa mother Aisha Jean Clark was arrested after she allegedly held her infant over an apartment balcony, sources report. Clark, 25, was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of child neglect. She was held without bond. It is unclear whether she hired legal representation.
According to reports, Clark allegedly held her baby by the arm and dangled him over the balcony of an apartment. She later posted a photo of herself doing this to the photo-sharing site Instagram, sources allege. The photo purportedly shows Clark holding the baby by his right arm over the balcony railing, sources say. It does not appear as though the baby was injured.
Police identified the woman as Clark and confronted her at her home on Nuccio Parkway on Tuesday. Reports say Clark and the infant were in the same clothes as the picture when they responded to her home. Police asked Clark if she knew why they were at her home and she reportedly showed them the picture. “I was mad and I was making a point,” Clark reportedly said. “I can do what I want with my baby. Nobody can stop me.”
Clark was subsequently arrested. “This single act would reasonably be expected to have resulted in serious physical injury or a substantial risk of death to the infant,” a police spokesperson reportedly said.