South Elgin woman guilty of filing false child abuse reports
From Submitted Reports December 6, 2013 4:42PM
Updated: January 9, 2014 6:43AM
A South Elgin woman has been found guilty of making a false report of child abuse that included coloring her young son with ink and claiming it was bruising caused by the boy’s stepmother, the Kane County State’s Attorney Office said.
Kimberly Carlyle, 47, of the 200 block of Nicole Drive, was convicted Friday in a trial before Circuit Judge Susan Clancy Boles of two counts of disorderly conduct, each a Class 2 felony.
Carlyle waived her right to a jury trial.
According to prosecutors, on Sept. 6, 2009, Carlyle called the Kane County Sheriff’s Office to report that her young child had been physically abused during a visit with the child’s biological father and his wife. Carlyle claimed that bruises she said appeared on her child were the result of physical abuse. When a sheriff’s deputy told Carlyle that she had contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to investigate further, Carlyle acknowledged that the bruises were actually ink that had since washed off.
When contacted later by DCFS, Carlyle apologized, acknowledged that the bruising marks were actually ink and said that she had no reason to believe that the child was being abused.
The report that was filed that day was the latest in a series of knowing false accusations that Carlyle had made to authorities about the wife of the father of her child. Carlyle knew her repeated reports were not factual, according to a release from the state’s attorney’s office.
During the trial, the child testified that Carlyle told him to falsely claim that the father’s wife physically abused him.
Carlyle made the false reports because she was jealous that the child’s father had severed ties with her and had begun a new relationship, the release said.
Boles set Carlyle’s next court appearance for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19. Carlyle faces a sentence of probation or between one and three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, officials said.
Carlyle also is scheduled to be sentenced that day for a conviction on a 2012 charge of domestic battery, a Class A misdemeanor, in which she battered the same child. In that case, Carlyle attempted to coerce the child to falsely claim that the boy’s stempmother was the abuser. Carlyle faces a sentence of conditional discharge, probation or up to 364 days in the Kane County jail on that charge, according to prosecutors.
“We often talk about our community’s collective responsibility to report suspected child abuse and neglect. Law enforcement takes all reports of child abuse seriously. However, making false accusations of child abuse as a means of retaliation, or for any reason, is a very serious offense, and potentially compromises the ability of law enforcement to appropriately investigate actual cases of child abuse,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in the news release.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Andrew Whitfield and Debra Bree.