Woman who beat sex offender with bat: 'I'd do it again'

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TACOMA -- A woman who beat a sex offender with a baseball bat last summer after she saw him chatting up her young daughter will spend the next three months in jail. And even after her conviction Friday on assault charges, Tammy Gibson says she still has no remorse for what she did.

According to police documents, Level-3 sex offender William A. Baldwin had moved into his uncle's Puyallup home in early June. Following his move, Pierce County deputies distributed flyers around the neighborhood to alert residents of his presence.

On June 19th, Gibson, an area resident, went to Baldwin's house in the 1800 block of River Road and asked for him.

When Baldwin stepped outside, she claimed she was going to kill him because Baldwin had molested her children. Gibson then proceeded to hit Baldwin repeatedly with her bat, the document said, leaving him with an injured arm.

"I kept swingin' and swingin', and swingin'," Gibson told investigators.

Contrary to what she had said to Baldwin, Gibson later told investigators Baldwin had not molested her children.

She did say, however, that when she saw the flyer, she recognized Baldwin as the man who had chatted up her then-10-year-old daughter during the previous summer. It may have been Baldwin's unusual height of 7 feet 3 inches that made him memorable.

"For him to be right there, in front of my house and talking to my child -- made me crazy," she said.

"And I told him I thought he was a piece of crap and I smacked him," she said. "I just didn't stop hitting him. I just told him that 'if it were up to me, I'd kill ya."'

"I was scared. I was frightened. I didn't know what the hell to do," Baldwin said of being assaulted by the unexpected visitor.

"I just wanted to hurt him," said Gibson.

Friday was judgment day. The judge accepted her Newton plea for assault, meaning she admits guilt in exchange for a lesser sentence. The prosecutor could have given her 8 months, but the judge gave her a three month sentence in the county jail.

It's 90 days for doing what many say was family protection, but the law saw it as an unprovoked attack on a man who wasn't breaking any laws. He was just a neighbor.

The daughter she was protecting was in tears during the sentencing of her mother.

"He (Baldwin) tried to give me fireworks and I wouldn't take it," said Renee Maria Perez.

Gibson's other daughter, Rachael Porter, added, "I think it's crap; that she was protecting her kids like she should have been. They locked her up for way too long."

We talked to Gibson Friday, now back in jail a second time. Again, she didn't mince words if she regrets what she did.

"No, I'd do it again if not better," she said. "I don't care if it hurts me, I don't regret it. It got him away from my kids and all the other kids in the neighborhood."

And that's where Gibson finds comfort.

After the beating, and a brief stint in jail for failing to follow sex offender rules, court records show William Baldwin has left the neighborhood and moved 30 miles away to northwest Seattle.

"I would hope that me doing this and going to jail would change something, change some kind of law, change something where people like him can't be standing around little kids you know what I mean?" Gibson said. "It's not right, it's not fair to the kids at all."

Gibson hopes she's to shorten her time with good behavior.