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"I swear I had good intentions. I was wrong," Thomas told KRIV in an interview this week.
At a court hearing, Thomas explained her actions: "I have to be my son's mom, his father. What you saw that day was me being his father." She told the judge she'd rather confront her son now than for him to end up another "black man dead on the streets," KFDM reported.
Thomas' four minor children were placed in Child Protective Services, KRIV reported. CPS told the court that the agency is willing to work with Thomas in order to establish a safe environment for the return of her children, KFDM reported.
Thomas is facing a third-degree felony charge of injury to a child, which carries a maximum punishment of 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, the Beaumont Enterprise reported.