The mother of a murdered 8-year-old boy appeared in court on Monday to face charges connected to the death of her son Kendrick Lee, who investigators believe was killed by her boyfriend.
As previously reported, Kendrick’s mother Gloria Williams, 35, appeared in court on Monday to face charges of injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence; a human corpse. Her boyfriend Brian Coulter, 31, has been charged with murder in Kendrick’s death, and is in custody on a $1 million bond.
Kendrick Lee’s 15-year-old brother reportedly called police late last month to report that the boy’s body was inside the Harris County, Texas, apartment. Responding officers found Kendrick’s skeletal remains in the home, which was in deplorable condition and without electricity. Investigators believe the boys had been left alone in the apartment for several months while Williams and Coulter were living elsewhere, after failing to report the death of the 8-year-old boy.
A KTRK report reveals new details about the circumstances of the boy’s murder and his brothers’ abandonment. According to the report, Williams and Coulter also lived in the home with the boys’ remains from November 2020, when he died, to March 2021, when they moved out and left Kendrick’s three brothers behind. During the time Williams and Coulter lived with the boys, the brothers were sometimes locked in a room with Kendrick’s decomposing remains, the boys told investigators.
Williams reportedly held on to the apartment lease, allegedly in an effort to conceal her sons’ death. The mother reportedly sent or brought groceries to the home about once a month; though as CrimeOnline previously reported, neighbors at the apartment complex told local media that they sometimes gave the 15-year-old boy food, having no idea that his two younger brothers were also living in the home. The neighbors said they never contacted police because they were not aware of the severity of the situation.
According to KTRK, the judge presiding over the proceedings said in court on Monday that Williams’ $900,000 bond was not sufficient. She is expected back in court later this week to address the bond, and remains in custody.
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[Feature image: Gloria Williams and Kendrick Lee/Facebook]