Children of Winnebago County couple said to be doing well, recovering from abuse


A Winnebago County couple accused of abusing their children with unnecessary medical care, is still in jail tonight on a $1 million bond.

In court Thursday, attorneys for the couple are asking to lower that bond.

Prosecutors said today that both children are doing very well and that neither are on feeding tubes or catheters anymore.

Thursday’s hearing was also to determine if the Williamses should be allowed to have contact with their children.

DCFS took the couple’s two children into custody on August 31st.

Before they were charged with Attempted First Degree Murder in December, Christopher and Kathryn Williams were able to meet with their children under supervised visits in Chicago or in video chats.

Prosecutors say the couple knowingly reported false medical symptoms to doctors, causing the children, 11 and 13, to undergo unnecessary surgeries and medications, some that could have killed them.

In court on Thursday, the Williamses claimed they did not have enough money to pay their $1 million bond, but in a closing argument, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite-Ross argued that the Williamses are choosing not to pay.

After closing arguments, Judge John Lowry decided to take the weekend to review both issues discussed today, and recessed court until 3 p.m. on Monday, January 7th.

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