Schenectady mom charged with forcing son to fight
Traffic allegedly blocked for brawl
Updated 12 a.m.
SCHENECTADY A Schenectady woman encouraged two teenage boys, one of them her son, to fight and went so far as to block traffic so the fight wouldn’t be interrupted, authorities said Friday.
The entire incident, police said, was captured on cellphone video, providing an account of exactly what happened.
Nickia S. Dickerson, 32, of 1159 Chrisler Ave., is charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment and one count of criminal facilitation and menacing. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
The incident occurred Oct. 11 on Sixth Avenue, near Pleasant Street, in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood, police said.
The fight was captured on video from a cellphone, and the video eventually was turned over to detectives from the police department’s Youth Aid Bureau.
On the video, police said, Dickerson can be seen encouraging the boys to fight. She separates them at one point, as one participant had the other in a choke hold, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said; she then encourages them to fight again.
She also blocked traffic so the fight wasn’t disturbed by passing cars, police said.
Police declined to identify Dickerson’s relationship with either boy. Papers filed in court, however, identify her as the mother of one of the boys.
That boy, according to papers filed in court, didn’t want to fight the other boy. Dickerson, according to papers, “forced her son to engage in physical combat.”
McCracken said Dickerson didn’t even step in and stop the fight when one of the boys suffered a minor nosebleed. Instead, McCracken said, Dickerson told him to use it, get angry about it and continue fighting.
“Instead of doing the responsible, adult thing and stepping in and preventing the fight, she actually encouraged the fight, giving one of the kids advice on how to hit and where to hit,” McCracken said.
McCracken said police were not notified of the fight the day of the incident, including by the drivers who were stopped.
The video, however, made its way to detectives, launching the investigation.
Asked if the video had been posted anywhere online, McCracken said police have looked on YouTube and have not been able to find it. Police do not know if it had been posted on private Facebook pages.
Dickerson was arrested Wednesday and arraigned on Thursday.