A woman, who has been jailed for killing her infant son, has been accused of leaving her newborn daughter in the toilet after giving birth.
Denette Williams of Conroe, Tx., is facing child endangerment charges after she gave birth to her infant daughter in the toilet and intentionally did not seek medical care after the fact.
Williams, 34, allegedly informed officers that she did not know she was pregnant at the time she gave birth.
On September 3 at around 3 a.m. Williams told police that she felt cramps and heard a “plop” in the toilet, ABC13 reports. William’s boyfriend, Christopher Hardmon, discovered the newborn head down in the toilet and called 911.
Investigators report the newborn was taken to a local hospital in good condition. In addition, Williams’ mother claims to have asked Williams if she was pregnant a few days prior to the incident and Williams said she didn’t know but said she might go to the doctor to receive a pregnancy test.
But police claim they discovered had Williams had applied for SNAP benefits in May before giving birth and had identified herself as a pregnant woman with a due date of September.
Williams is currently on parole after serving five years in prison for the 2011 death of her infant son.
And in 2012, Williams was convicted of first-degree felony to a child by omission in the death of a 5-week-old, Braylan Hood, according to the Houston Chronicle.
According to an autopsy, Braylan, who was born premature, suffered a broken neck, a brain hemorrhage and a partially severed spinal cord and was left in his car seat for 11 hours with no medical attention.
Williams and Braylan’s father, Jimmie Preston Hood, were found responsible for the baby’s blunt force injuries.
Williams then Braylan by the neck while feeding him and Jimmie laid him on his leg with his head hanging over, ABC13 reports.
Currently, she is represented by Montgomery County criminal defense attorney Judith Shields.
Shields revealed to the Houston Chronicle how she believes Williams would not have had new charges filed against her in the current case if she did not have a prior conviction.
“I think that when everything is looked at and brought forward that we may find that Denette is not the hideous monster that the state is trying to portray her as, so we’re just gonna keep working to find the truth,” Shields shared.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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