LEAVENWORTH COUNTY, Kan. -- A man caught hiding under a bed in the home of the mother of his children is awaiting trial in the Leavenworth County Jail. Earl Brockington Jr. has been convicted of five charges -- including criminal trespass.
It’s a common fear for children at bedtime, fear that someone may be under the bed. In Brockington Jr.’s case, that’s exactly what happened.
"It scared me at first," Chester Koster, neighbor, said. "I didn't know what was going on. Kids were just scared to death."
Kloster described April 21st of this year, when he got an unexpected visit from his neighbor's two young children.
“All of the sudden the doorbell downstairs started ringing real loud and pounded on the door real loud. It was children saying, ‘Call the police! Call the police! My dad is trying to kill mommy,’" he said.
Documents say it all started when the children's mother was getting them ready for bed.
“One of her little boys comes up and says, ‘Someone's here.’ She didn't really believe him, she thought he was just being a kid, maybe he's just a little paranoid,” Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson said.
Documents say it turned out to be the children's father, 35-year-old Brockington Jr. He was not in a relationship with their mother at the time, and he had no right to be in her house.
“When she gets back to the bedroom she notices that he is laying underneath the bed behind some other mattresses, he's just sweating,” Thompson explained.
Court documents say that's when the woman went for her cell phone to call police. When she went for a second cell phone, a fight broke out with the pair wrestling on the ground for the phone and the children trying to get Brockington Jr. off their mother. He was eventually able to get that second phone.
The mother and her kids fled the house and Brockington Jr. was captured a short time later. A jury found him guilty of robbery, criminal restraint, domestic battery, intimidation of a victim and criminal trespass.
“Well I'm glad they did because I don't want to see anything happen. I think she's a real nice lady,” Kloster said.
Brockington Jr. is due back in court for sentencing September 24. Officials think Brockington Jr. was jealous of the mother having a new relationship.