Chris Brown, Joyce Hawkins

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When things like this happen, we wonder, Where are the parents?

Chris Brown's mother, for one, has been right by his side.

Joyce Hawkins, whose 20-year-old son has just been sentenced to probation and community labor for beating up his girlfriend, has posted a statement on one of Brown's fan sites in which she thanks her boy's fans for their undying support and pleads with her fellow parents to stick by their kids through thick and thin.

"I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you for your continued support. I'm sorry I wasn't allowed to speak to anyone as this case was ongoing," Hawkins wrote on

"I can now say this has been the most painful moment in my entire life, but knowing that you were still standing by Chris' side in his time of need made this a little easier for us."

"Because of all your prayers, God brought him through," Hawkins continued. "I just want to say God has never failed me and never will. All moms and dads please stand by your children and pray for their goodness each and every day."

Perhaps knowing where he's most welcome for the time being, Brown is planning to complete his 180 days of labor in his native Virginia, where both his mom and dad still live.

Before being busted in February (which wasn't the first time he lost his temper with Rihanna), the "Kiss Kiss" singer had talked about suffering abuse at the hands of his step-father growing up.

He told his probation officer in an interview in June that he didn't want to "carry on that cycle."

"I made a promise," Hawkins statement continued. "I would never be ashamed of him no matter where I am or who I talk to. You see this whole thing isn't about Chris, it's about God. He wants to show all of you the goodness of him through Chris. Chris will be addressing all of his fans very soon. We love you so much and so does God."

Brown, along with Hawkins and attorney Mark Geragos, taped an interview with Larry King Live last night—which we heard was a no-restrictions sit-down during which Brown answered every question that King asked.

We doubt there's anything that Brown can offer up that'll clear his name or come close to making it all better (especially if he keeps up the postcourt partying), but we'll listen to what he's got to say on Sept. 2.


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