MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Memphis mom accused of beating her son's football coach with a baseball bat made her first court appearance Monday.
27-year-old Lakeisha Richmond is accused of beating 33-year-old Tony Massey. Richmond accuses Massey of molesting two of her sons who play on the team.
Massey is an assistant coach of the Magnolia Dolphins little league football team. The team's head coach, Coach Ced, said he was shocked when learned of the accusations. "My heart just fell," he said. "My thing is to help young men, not to hurt him."
Richmond said she hurt Massey because he hurt her kids. "When I seen him I saw my kids being hurt," she said.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said, "Anyone can relate to some of the emotions that are created when your loved ones are victimized or when you think your loved ones are victimized."
But, Weirich cautioned, "If somebody is acting out and committing a crime for the sake of their children, in defense of their children, you're just causing more problems for your children."
"It's not a situation where any good is going to come from you trying to take the law into your own hands," she added.
Richmond is out of jail on a $10,000 bond. A judge ordered her to be back in court with a lawyer September 18.