UPDATE: Winn. Co. parents post bond, allowed supervised visits with children

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Jan. 7, 2018, 6:40 p.m.

Christopher Williams and Kathryn Williams have posted bail and were released from jail Monday afternoon.

A judge ruled in favor to lower both bonds and grant permission for the couple to see their children under supervision of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.


Updated: Jan. 7, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

A Winnebago County couple accused of abusing their children with medical care neither required are now allowed to visit their children with supervision.

A judge ruled in favor of the request from the lawyers of Christopher and Kathryn Williams. The judge also ruled in favor of lowering Christopher's bond to $50,000 and Kathryn's bond to $100,000 after both were initially set to $1 million.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services took the couple's two children into custody on Aug. 31.

The couple was charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery in December after allegedly giving unnecessary medical treatment to their children and using their alleged conditions for various benefits.

The couple's next hearing is set for Jan. 30.


Published: Jan. 3, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

A local couple facing attempted first-degree murder charges related to their own children awaits further decision after appearing in court Thursday.

Christopher and Kathryn Williams are accused​ of abusing their two children with medical conditions neither required and using their alleged medical conditions for various benefits.

Lawyers pushed for lower bonds of both defendants Thursday. They argued the bonds should be lowered to $50,000 for Christopher and to no more than $100,000 for Kathryn. The bonds were initially set at $1 million for both defendants with a payment of 10 percent in December.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross responded to the requests. Hite Ross says she wants to keep the bond at $1 million and ban both parents from contact with their children as part of the initial agreement.

Judge John Lowry did not make a decision on the case Thursday. He expects to announce his decision at the next court hearing at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7.