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Written by Anders Hagstrom
Records show that the mother of James Alex Fields, the man who slammed his car into a group of protestors in Charlottesville Saturday, repeatedly called the police to her Ohio apartment due to her son’s violent tendencies.
Fields, a 20-year-old white nationalist, drove his car into a group of counter protestors at the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing one and injuring 19 others. He is currently being held by police without bail. Ohio records show that the man’s mother, Samantha Bloom, called police to the apartment where she and her son lived a total of nine times between November 2010 and February 2013, Cincinnati.com reported Monday.
Bloom, who is wheelchair-bound, called in 2010 to say her son had stolen her phone, “smacked her in the head,” and “put his hands over her mouth,” according to police dispatcher notes. He also locked his mother in the bathroom after she had asked him to stop playing video games, CBS News reported.
She also called police in November 2011, telling dispatchers that Fields had spat in her face and pushed her.
Video recordings of the Saturday attack showed a 2010 Dodge Challenger registered to Fields plowing into a crowd of anti-fascist counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville.
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, was killed in what police are calling a deliberate attack. At least 19 other people were injured.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced late Saturday that the Department of Justice and the FBI will be investigating the incident as domestic terrorism and as a hate crime.
The investigation will be conducted in Charlottesville, as well as Maumee, Ohio, Fields’ hometown.
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