An Augusta mother who police said drove over her son’s leg last month following an argument outside Butler High School will stay in jail after a Richmond County Superior Court judge denied her bond this morning.
Senior Judge Bernard J. Mulherin denied bond to Keisha Henry, 40, of 3404 Kenneth Court in Augusta. She is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly driving over her 15-year-old son’s leg after the teen refused to give her his iPhone, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s report. Mulherin said he worried Henry would be a threat to intimidate her son if she was released – even though the child is now living with a family friend instead of his mother.
“I do think she would be a threat to intimidate victims, in this case her son,” the judge said.
The mother and son got into an argument on Jan. 26 after her son refused to apologize to a gym teacher outside Butler High School, said Assistant District Attorney Laura Stewart. Henry, who works as a receptionist at Fort Gordon, responded by punching the teen in the face and demanded that he hand over his cell phone, police said. When the boy refused she jumped into her SUV, drove over the curb, and struck the teen on his left leg with the left side of the vehicle. The mother got out of the vehicle, took her son's cell phone and left the scene, the report said.
The teen has since undergone surgery for the damage to his ankle, Stewart told the court.
“The fact that she drove her car toward her child is incredibly reckless,” Stewart said.
Stewart said Henry gave a statement to deputies after her arrest which confirmed her son’s story. However, Stewart said Henry claimed she “only bumped” her son.