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Riverdale student’s family attorney says case should have gone to grand jury

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MOUNT BLANCHARD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Riverdale elementary teacher faces charges for picking kindergartener Ian Nelson up off the ground by the collar, but the child's family attorney says it's just not enough. Barbara Williams, a Riverdale teacher for the past 10 years, is charged with one misdemeanor count of child endangering.

Williams' lawyer did not want to comment Tuesday but the Nelson's family attorney is saying this case should have gone to a grand jury. Nelson family attorney Dan Margolis tells WTOL there is a conflict of interest, though this has not been ruled. William's husband is one of five chaplains for the Hancock County Sheriff's Office. Margolis says he feels the evidence should have been sent to the grand jury for possible felony charges. He also says he intends to ask the Ohio Attorney General's Office to review what is happening.

"Look at the video. It's clear that there's a felonies, felony child endangering, the abduction which is when the teacher takes him into the bathroom for two and a half minutes, that's a felony. Should have gone to the grand jury on that," said Margolis.

Margolis told WTOL he will be contacting the Ohio Attorney General's Office Wednesday to make sure they review the situation before Williams is formally indicted on a misdemeanor charge.

Some are surprised to hear that Williams is getting support from community members.

"No way, she's a wonderful person," said Barbara Finke when asked about prison time for Williams.

But according to others who have children getting ready to start kindergarten at the school, the video scares them. They say a misdemeanor child endangerment charge is a slap on the wrist.

"It should be harsher. It should be a felony. She should be banned from working around any children," said a resident who wishes to remain anonymous.

People who know Williams disagree.

"You know what's wrong but you can't stop it. She didn't hit him or anything like that… If he was being unruly it would have been very hard to control yourself to do just that," said Finke.

Several community members say things should have never gotten to this point.

"Who knows how long this has been going on and what she's done off camera," said a community member.

"I think her and I would have settled it privately," said another resident.

We are expecting Williams to make a court appearance any day now. The Findlay municipal prosecutor says a summons has been issued. They are not sure if Williams has yet been served. She could be arraigned later this week or early next week.

Watch raw video of the incident here.  

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