Mother pleads guilty to charge involving injured daughter

  • Heather Williams Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, July 30, 2018 2:19PM

The mother of a 3-year-old girl who was run over by the family vehicle in Jaffrey almost a year ago has pleaded guilty to reckless conduct, court records say.

Heather Williams, 35, of Keene, was sentenced to a $1,240 fine – $992 of which is suspended for two years pending good behavior – at the 8th Circuit District Division in Jaffrey on July 11.

A misdemeanor-level charge of vehicular assault was dropped.

Williams was charged after her daughter’s leg was run over on Aug. 6. The parking gear on the family’s 1999 Ford Explorer disengaged while the vehicle was parked on Carey Road in Jaffrey, which caused it to roll downhill.

The toddler suffered a broken femur, police said.

Both Williams and her husband, Christopher Williams, admitted to police that they were aware of the vehicle’s faulty parking mechanism. Police said in an affidavit that the vehicle could be moved three feet forward or backwards when in park.

Williams told police she had established a routine to ensure the parking mechanism was going to work, which involved rocking side to side in the driver’s seat of the vehicle to see if the parking brake would disengage.

Christopher Williams was also charged in connection with the vehicle’s faulty parking mechanism and pleaded guilty to a charge of displaying a false inspection/registration sticker in April.

He was ordered to pay a $1,240 fine and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. The jail sentence was suspended  two years pending good behavior.

He had admitted to police that he had installed the inspection sticker on the vehicle. During a inspection of the vehicle, police noted that the sticker did not look new, and that there were many other issues with the vehicle.

Editor’s note: This article, which was printed in the July 26 edition of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, incorrectly stated that Heather Williams pleaded guilty to vehicular assault in the 8th Circuit District Division in Jaffrey on July 11. The article should have said, Williams pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and that the vehicular assault charge was dropped.