Florida resident Brianna Shontae Williams discovered this week that she will spend the rest of her life in prison for starving to death her daughter, age 5, in 2019.
Brianna Shontae Williams was born in 1992, she is 30 years old.
BRIANNA SHONTAE WILLIAMS CRIME REPORT
The girl was allegedly starved to death by the former Navy chief petty officer, who was stationed in Jacksonville.
On November 6, 2019, Williams reported her daughter missing.
When she woke up that morning and noticed Taylor was gone, she said she had found her back door to be unlocked.
Police claimed that after they questioned certain discrepancies in her descriptions of what transpired, she ceased participating with the inquiry.
One week later, in a “wooded location” in Alabama, Taylor’s severely decomposed body was discovered.
Her body had been encased in a trash bag before being interred in a little grave.
The girl’s remains were found between Demopolis and Linden, Alabama, by search teams.
Williams was charged with child negligence and providing false information to detectives on November 12, 2019.
According to authorities, Williams was “absentee booked” at a nearby hospital after being there for what appeared to be a deliberate overdose.
Taylor was last spotted in April of this year.
Circuit Court Judge Kevin Blazs described the murder as “a tragedy all around,” according to Jacksonville.com.
He revealed to Williams that he had spent the entire weekend going over the evidence.
The victim was not valued by her mother or father from the moment of conception, the judge declared. Her mother experienced eating disorders. The victim’s father complained that he was not feeding him adequately. About four months before the victim’s death, the defendant took the victim out of daycare. Throughout that time, Taylor stayed at home without any support.
A written statement Williams had composed was read aloud in court on Friday at the pre-sentence hearing.
The declaration said, “I failed as a mother, a provider, and as a good human being,” according to Jacksonville.com. “I failed to take advantage of any opportune chance to make amends. I’m sorry to everyone this tragedy has impacted. Ever since I lost my baby, I suffer punishment every day.
Balazs said he “wanted to make sure that the community is protected and that the judgement is administered in a way that does not dishonour the death of Taylor Rose” as he handed down her sentence.
Williams was given credit for her 1,043 days of prior service.
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