The mother of a missing Florida girl is reportedly out of a coma after an apparent suicide. She’s talking, according to family members, but remains hospitalized.
First Coast News reports that one of Brianna Williams’ relatives said the woman came out of a medically induced coma on Friday. Williams, the mother of missing 5-year-old Taylor Williams, tried to take her own life earlier this week, after authorities found a child’s remains near Demopolis, Alabama. Williams is from the Demopolis area.
Although the remains have not been officially identified, Jacksonville authorities said in a press conference earlier this week that they believe the remains are of Taylor Williams.
As CrimeOnline reported, Williams, a Petty Officer 1st Class at NAS Jacksonville, was reportedly on suicide watch at the base following her daughter’s disappearance. Authorities were en route to arrest Williams when she tried to take her own life. She’s facing child neglect charges, along with a charge of lying to police.
Williams previously told police she last saw Taylor in her bedroom at around midnight on November 6, in their Brentwood, Florida, home. She said that by morning, an exterior door had been opened and Taylor had disappeared.
Williams initially cooperated with investigators. Authorities said she stopped cooperating when they informed her that her story didn’t add up. Since then, she’s been staying on base.
“Yesterday we were talking to her about some inconsistencies in her statement and that’s when she chose to stop cooperating with us,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said.
Williams lived in an apartment at SouthSide Villas in Jacksonville until early November, when she moved to a home off of Ivy Drive in Brentwood. She reported Taylor missing after moving to the new home, yet the last known sighting of Taylor was on May 21.
An arrest affidavit indicated a neighbor spotted Taylor wandering home alone several times in April, at the Southside Villas complex. The neighbor, who was home during the day and worked night shifts, said Taylor would wave to him from the sliding glass door in her apartment. She always had on the same pajamas each time, the neighbor told police.
The neighbor said Williams’ wouldn’t come until 8 or 9 p.m., carrying food that appeared to be for one person.
On April 17, the same neighbor spotted Taylor alone, again in the same pajamas, holding a doll while walking up and down the breezeway stairs at the apartment.
“Hey sweetie, what are you doing?” the neighbor said.
“Looking for my momma,” Taylor replied.
The neighbor said he walked Taylor back to her apartment and noticed it was filthy, with boxes stacked up and bags of trash inside.
Read the full affidavit below.
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[Feature Photo: Taylor Williams/Handout]