(Special thanks to Amanda for the post)
A 21 month old Frederick, Maryland girl is dead and her parents are in jail after what can only be described as a brutal, deadly attack.
Paramedics responded to a call regarding an unresponsive child just before midnight on March 14, 2014. When they arrived at the scene, 21 month old Anayah Nevaeh Williams was not breathing. Paramedics and hospital staff tried to revive the tot, but she was pronounced dead just before 1am on March 15th.
Frankie Aubrey Williams, 24 who is said to be the girl’s father has confessed to the brutal attack, describing his actions in a recorded statement.
Frankie was attempting to force Anayah to eat a Nutrigrain bar and drink some water, but she refused. He then stuck his finger in to her mouth causing her to vomit. This made him angry and he began hitting the girl “several times with a closed fist, hard enough to hurt an adult”.
The girl’s mother, Stephanie Ramirez Williams, 21 was not home at the time of the attack, but when she arrived at the family’s home around 6pm on the 14th she could see that Anayah was in severe pain. She was holding her head and her stomach and rolling around the floor. Doctor’s described her as having “obvious bruising and trauma to her abdomen”.
Stephanie is being charged as well because she waited HOURS before calling 911 to get her daughter help. I’m sure she was worried; although my guess is that she was worried about herself and her husband. They had just regained custody of their daughter 3 weeks prior to the attack. Anayah was removed from their custody in 2012 after sustaining a fractured skull and rib. I was not able to find a date of the first incident, but given Anayah’s age, she was most likely born around June of 2012 which means she was probably less than 6 months old the first time Frankie severely beat her.
It is unknown why the girl was returned to their care, but I am willing to bet that someone is regretting it. And if they aren’t, they should be. One article I read hinted that the police did not have evidence against Frankie or Stephanie so chances are they pretended they didn’t know what happened to her, but Frankie admitted in his recorded statement to causing the injuries in 2012 as well and the couple will be facing charges for both attacks.
I blame the mother. I can only imagine how hard it would be to have someone take your child away from you and I can’t imagine not wanting to do everything I could to get her back. She knew what happened to Anayah in 2012. Those injuries didn’t cause themselves. I blame Stephanie for not having the guts to be the mother Anayah deserved.
Thanks to Alison for the tip.