A 20-year-old Ohio man charged with driving into a crowd of activists in Charlottesville, allegedly threatened or assaulted his disabled mother so violently as a young teenager that she twice called 911, police records show.
In one incident in 2010, Samantha Bloom, who uses a wheelchair, reported that her son, James Alex Fields, had struck her in the head, put his hands over her mouth and threatened to beat her after she told him to stop playing video games, the records show. Bloom said her son was taking medication to control his temper, and she told authorities she was locked in the bathroom.
In October 2011, Bloom called 911 to say that her son was “being very threatening toward her” and that she didn ’t feel “in control on the situation,” according to a dispatcher ’s notes from the call.
And in November 2011, police were asked to come to the house because Bloom was said to want Fields to be assessed at a hospital, according to the records. He had spat in her face, said the caller, whose connection to the family is not clear in the records.
“Mom is scared he is going to become violent here and [is] afraid to transport her by herself” in her own vehicle, a dispatcher wrote.
The previous night, Fields had stood behind her with a 12-inch knife, the caller reported.
“Scared mom to death not knowing if he was going to do something,” the dispatcher ’s report continued.
Fields was arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree murder, hit and run and three counts of malicious wounding after his Dodge Challenger smashed into a group of activists demonstrating against a gathering of white supremacists. One person was killed and 19 were injured. Fields was denied bail Monday in his first court appearance, appearing via a video link from Albemarle Regional Jail.
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The 911 records cover police calls made while Fields and his mother lived in Florence, Ky., about 20 minutes southwest of Cincinnati. Within the past two years, they moved near Toledo. The records do not indicate what happened as a result of the calls.
Details of the calls were first reported Monday by the website TMZ.
Charles Weber, the attorney appointed to represent Fields, did not immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment.
Higdon reported from Florence, Ky.