Winnebago County couple charged with attempted murder, child abuse

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Dec. 13, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Christopher Williams, 47, and Kathryn Williams, 49, who were arrested on attempted first-degree murder and abuse charges related to their own children, face a 24-count bill of indictment.

One of the charges, theft by deception between $500 and $10,000, dates back to last year. The couple was accused of using their children's alleged conditions for benefits, including to an all-expense paid trip to Disney and a dog from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The couple's two children were nominated​ for the Steven R. Stiles Courage Award from the Healing Dreams Foundation last October. The children had a long history of illness with Mitochondrial disease, which causes energy production to malfunction in the body's cells.

The indictment alleges the couple may have prevented the ability for their children to walk and grow through their medical actions.

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Published: Dec. 13, 2018, 1:40 p.m.

Two people from Winnebago County face charges for allegedly harming their own two children.

Christopher J. Williams, 47, and Kathryn A. Williams, 49, have been both been arrested on several charges, according to Winnebago County State's Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross.

Charges include attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery to a child, aggravated domestic battery and reckless conduct.

An investigation began on the Williams couple on Aug. 20 2018, with help from Mercyhealth officials, following a report of child abuse. The report says the parents demanded hospice care for one of their two children and provided medical care to the children that neither of them required.

Detectives executed a protective custody warrant on Aug. 30 to take the parents' two children, a 13-year-old and an 11-year-old. The children have since been under medical care with help from the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.

In previous coverage​, 23 News learned the children had suffered from Mitochondrial disease, a rare illness that causes energy production to malfunction in the body's cells.

Both parents face up to 30 years on attempted murder charges. Both are being held on a $1 million bond.