FUMC pastor

Paige Williams

First United Methodist Church senior pastor the Rev. Paige Williams, 61, turned herself in Monday morning at the Christian County Jail after indictments were issued Friday for her and former day care director Abby Leach.

Williams was served her indictment warrant for first-degree complicity to criminal abuse of a child under 12 years of age in connection to a child abuse case in January at the First United Methodist Church day care.

Leach, 32, was the day care director at the time of the alleged abuse and had an indictment warrant issued for her arrest last week. She was arrested and lodged in the Christian County Jail at around 1:45 p.m. Friday and was later released on a $10,000 bond.

According to court documents, the pair committed complicity to criminal abuse by “intentionally breaching their legal duty to protect (seven) minor children all less than 13 months old, by failing to prevent Allison Simpson from intentionally abusing these children.”

The incident allegedly occurred between Dec. 1, 2018, and Jan. 28, 2019, the documents added.

The documents state that their actions “placed (seven children) in a situation that might cause serious physical injury, cause torture, cruel confinement or cruel punishment at the hands of Simpson.”

These indictments come months after 24-year-old Simpson was arrested for the alleged abuse Jan. 30.

According to New Era archives, on Jan. 10, Simpson allegedly subjected two babies to cruel confinement and punishment while she was working at the day care. She is accused of putting a 10-month-old and an 8-month-old in "substantial danger of serious injury," the report states. No other details about the incident have been released.

Despite that, more charges will be brought against Simpson in the future, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling.

In Simpson’s original indictment, she was charged with the abuse of two children. However, in Williams' and Leach’s indictments, there are seven children listed. Boling explained that new charges will be brought against Simpson for the five remaining children.

Boling also shared that the investigation is ongoing and they are not ready to rule out other suspects at this time.

Simpson was released Jan. 31 on bond, according to jail records.

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