A 5-year-old girl’s mother — a former Navy chief petty officer — was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for the death of the little girl.
Brianna Shontae Williams, 30, reported Taylor Rose Williams missing on November 6, 2019, as CrimeOnline previously reported. Less than a week later, the little girl’s badly decomposed remains were found in a shallow grave in Demopolis, Alabama — her mother’s home town.
Williams pleaded guilty to second degree murder in March.
On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Kevin Blazs in Florida said the incident was “a tragedy all around,” the Florida Times Union reported.
“The victim was not valued from the time of conception by either her father or mother,” Blazs said. “Her mother suffered from an eating disorder. The father complained that the victim was not being properly fed. The defendant then removed the victim from child care about four months prior to the victim’s death. Taylor remained home alone and unprovided for throughout that time period.”
The little girl, the judge said, died from “the consequence of starvation.”
By the time her mother reported her missing, Taylor Rose hadn’t been seen alive for nearly seven months. Investigators discovered GPS records showing Williams traveling to Alabama from the Jacksonville area and back on October 31, November 1, and November 2 — and that the girl’s remains were found in the area where the GPS put Williams traveling. They also found a rope, blue gloves, wire, papers, a knife, and cardboard. When she returned from Alabama the final time, she used Craigslist to hire people to help her move to a new apartment.
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[Feature Photo: Brianna and Taylor Williams/Police Handout]