Judge Declares Mistrial In Case Against Man Accused Of Burning Child With Sparkler
A mother said a man abused her child by burning him with a sparkler and then mocked his speech problems.
Now, the mother says the man has gotten away with it.
A judge declared a mistrial against Gregory Green, who is accused of burning the boy in July 2011.
Thai Williams, now 11, described the alleged abuse from his friend’s father.
“Greg, Gregory’s dad, went inside and got bottle rockets. He fired them at me first,” Williams said.
Williams said he was not struck by the bottle rocket, but moments later, he said Green grabbed a red-hot sparkler and burned him with it.
“He chased me, then right over there, that’s where he punched me down and burned me,” Williams said.
Williams’ mother, Heather Smith, said she is furious about the alleged incident.
“It was long like a sparkler, and it was all blistered up where he was burnt,” Smith said. “I felt like I failed, because I didn’t protect him.”
Smith said she did not immediately call police because Green was a friend of a friend.
But, after seeing him try to shoot at his own son, she said she took action.
“I want him to see justice for what he did,” Smith said.
Green was already convicted of child endangerment following the shooting incident in 2011.
For this latest incident involving the sparkler, Smith and her son have spent the past 17 months in court only to have the case declared a mistrial.
A judge on Thursday said the prosecution completed its case, but when it returned, it was Green’s turn to take the stand. Instead, Judge Andrea Peeples said he checked himself into a hospital and, per medical records, would not be able to return to court.
“Thai’s a sweet, shy boy, and he doesn’t deserve this,” Williams said.
The judge said on Thursday that she did not take the decision to declare the mistrial lightly. There still is a possibility for a retrial.
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