KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City mom faced a decision about whether to turn her son in for sexual assault. Dylan Scheer stands accused for two counts of statutory sodomy.
The sexual assault happened in her home, and the victim was a relative. For protection, FOX 4 is not saying the mother's name or showing her face, as she described what she calls the most difficult moment of her life.
"It was extremely hard. I still love him, he's my son, he's my first born, I would do anything for him," the mom told FOX 4's Shannon O'Brien.
Anything, but protect him after a sexual assault where a 10-year-old relative was the victim. It was 12:30 in the morning on Sunday, October 30 when the mom saw someone coming out of the girl's bedroom.
"It was completely dark. I saw a shadow from where she was laying take off towards the balcony," the mom recalled.
That shadow belonged to her 17-year-old son.
"And I came and he was trying to tell me he was outside smoking or whatever," she said.
But from what she saw, it was clear that her son had sexually assaulted the girl. Scheer took off, and was gone until the next evening, when he called his mom to come pick him up. Instead, she called police to go get him.
"I hate to think about the future and what it holds for my son. It sucks, it's sad and it's scary but yeah, I think I made the right decision," she said.
This is not the first time it's happened - when Scheer was 13, the girl was just five. Scheer`s mother says that time he went away for two years for help.
"They released him because they did their job, so they thought. They thought they helped him conquer some demons," she said, adding that those demons crept back.
"He has told me that something's wrong in his head. He can't really explain what it is."
This mother told her story to encourage others to do the same.
"It's important; I mean you see all of these parents and people protecting criminals and even parents just overlooking bad behavior in general," she said.
The mom says the girl is in counseling and doing okay, and she speaks to her son in jail every day. He says he is sorry and that he loves her.