Chesterfield authorities want to know what caused a 25-year-old mother to allegedly choke and assault her six-year-old son.
Sheena Hill, of Ettrick, is in jail waiting for her day in court. Her neighbor Daniel Clavo says he was home at the Garden Apartments when authorities showed up Friday, but he didn't know why.
"They came very quietly. They just came and knocked on the door. [They] stood in there about an hour-and-a-half. I saw the police cars outside and they just took her away," he explained.
Hill faces two felonies, cruelty and injury to a child and strangulation, as well as a misdemeanor battery charge.
"She didn't seem like that type and I've never seen any bruises on her son," said Judy Smithers who lives upstairs from Hill.
She would see her and the little boy everyday when heading to work.
"He was always smiling, looking nice," she said.
Now, neighbors are trying to come to terms with the fact police say a case of child cruelty happened right in what they describe as a quiet complex.
"I've never heard anything abnormal over there or anything to be alarmed about…What goes on behind closed doors these days, you never know," Clavo said.
"They weren't rowdy people or anything like that. She didn't seem like that type," Smithers added.
Hill is being held in jail with no bond. Neighbors say they haven't seen the man she lives with or her son since the arrest. The case is scheduled to go to trial on June 18.
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