Troubled

Mother of suspect in deadly Charlottesville car ramming said he abused her repeatedly as a teen

Samantha Bloom, the mother of James Fields Jr., who's charged with second-degree murder following violence in Charlottesville, Va., that left one woman dead. (Twitter / The Toledo Blade).

Samantha Bloom, the mother of 20-year-old James Fields Jr., the Ohio man behind the wheel of a deadly car attack in Charlottesville over the weekend that left one woman dead and at least 19 others wounded, called 911 on her son at least three times between 2010 and 2011, TMZ reports. The website obtained 911 call records from the police department in Florence County, Kentucky, where the two lived until they recently relocated to Maumee, Ohio.

The records show Bloom made the calls due to her son’s allegedly violent behavior. During one incident, Fields allegedly threatened Bloom with a 12-inch knife and spit in her face. In another incident, Bloom, who is confined to a wheelchair, told 911 dispatchers that Fields smacked her in the head when she told him to stop playing video games, and covered her mouth with his hand. Fields was 13 and 14 at the time of the incidents. Police arrested him as a juvenile. She’d also told authorities at the time that Fields had been taking medication to control his temper.

James Fields Jr. mug shot (Charlottesville Police Department).

Bloom spoke with reporters from The Toledo Blade on Saturday after learning of her son’s involvement in the carnage in Charlottesville. The reporters she spoke with actually filled her in on the details — she had been unaware that Fields was arrested. She said Fields had texted her to let her know he was in Charlottesville to take part in an “alt-right” rally. Bloom told The Toledo Blade she responded to him and said, “I told him to be careful. And if they’re going to rally to make sure he’s doing it peacefully.”

Fields made his first court appearance in Virginia on Monday, reportedly dressed in a black prison jumpsuit. A judge there denied him bail after he was charged with second-degree murder.

Watch the full interview with Bloom below.

Read the full story at The New York Post.

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