The mother of teenage sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo and regrets leaving her son with fellow suspect John Allen Muhammad when she went to the United States, the Associated Press reports. Una James, 38, said on Jamaican television that she blames police and social workers in Bellingham, Wash., for not removing Malvo from Muhammad’s care when she warned them that he was in danger.
“I was crying to them that my son was in danger but they didn’t listen,” James told Jamaican station TVJ in her first interview since her son’s arrest.
Bellingham Police Chief Randall Carroll disputes her account, saying that when James first contacted the department to claim Malvo as her son, her information was “very vague and deceptive” and she was unable to produce documents proving their relationship.
Malvo, 18, and Muhammad, 42, allegedly took part in 20 shootings that killed 13 people in Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and the District of Columbia last year. Muhammad faces a pretrial hearing today in Prince William Circuit Court in Manassas, Va., to discuss he will be tried by a jury or a judge only.