A Michigan father was allegedly drunk and high on controlled substances when he backed over and killed his 5-year-old son in March. The child, Blaze Williamson, was playing in the family's driveway. The father, along with the mother and a family friend, are all charged with lying to police about who was behind the wheel during the deadly incident.
According to Michigan Live, the father, 42-year-old Ryan Williamson, has two prior convictions of operating while intoxicated and also does not have a valid driver's license.
Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel says the mom, dad, son and another person had just gotten back from a bar and started arguing when the father decided to leave. Police believe Williamson had both alcohol and unspecified controlled substances in his system. Deputies were initially told by the family that a family friend was driving the SUV, but witnesses said the father was actually driving the vehicle, Federspiel said.
"That's the problem I have -- your child just died and the first thing you think about is how to lie to police. The first action wasn't to grieve, it was to cover up."
Authorities determined the 5-year-old had run behind a black Buick Rendezvous in the driveway of the Elsie, Michigan family home when his father backed over him. The boy was dragged into the street, according to Federspiel. He was soon pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
"I just hope and pray that the child didn't have to suffer," the sheriff said. "It's a horrible situation."
The group of three were arraigned on Thursday morning. Williamson is charged with operating while intoxicated causing death, and operating while license suspended causing death. Both are 15-year felonies. The mother of the young boy, 44-year-old Dee Dee Williamson, and family friend, 35-year-old Darien Almashy, both face up to two years on misdemeanor charges of lying to police.
"When it happened," the boy’s mother told the court, "It happened so fast."
Ryan Williamson is being held at the Saginaw County Jail on $50,000 bond. The bonds for Dee Dee Williamson and Almashy were set at $10,000 and $7,500, respectively.
"I just want to let everybody know he was loved, he was a good kid, I'm going to miss him, it just won't be the same without him," the boy’s uncle Gary Scaggs told an ABC affiliate.
[Photo of the Williamsons courtesy of Saginaw County Sheriff's Office]