The mother of Taylor Rose Williams, the missing 5-year-old Florida girl whose remains may have been found in Alabama, is reportedly no longer in a coma after an alleged overdose.
Brianna Williams, who was charged last week with child neglect and giving false information to investigators after human remains were found during the search for her daughter, was slated to appear in court on Wednesday but did not show up, First Coast News, an ABC affiliate, reports. Authorities said last week that Williams had suffered an overdose after ingesting something, but an unnamed relative has confirmed to the station that she has since come out of the medically induced coma that she was placed in, and is even speaking, according to the outlet.
Williams was still hospitalized as of Friday, News 4 Jax reported.
Williams, a petty officer first class at the Tactical Operations Center at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, called police on the morning of Nov. 6 to report that her daughter had gone missing from her bedroom during the night and that the back door was unlocked, WJXT reports. Hundreds joined in the search for the child, which soon spread to Alabama, where Brianna Williams used to live. However, mere days after Taylor was reported missing, authorities announced that Brianna Williams had stopped cooperating with investigators, and she was soon named a person of interest in her daughter’s disappearance.
The search for Taylor took a dark turn on Tuesday, when authorities announced that human remains were discovered in a wooded area in Alabama, somewhere between Linden and Demopolis. During a press conference that day, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said that the remains “may be” Taylor’s, but the identity of the victim can not be verified until forensic analysis is complete.
Sheriff Williams also announced then that Brianna Williams was being treated at a hospital in Florida for “an apparent overdose of some sort” and had been absentee booked on charges of child neglect and giving false information to investigators.
He was unable to confirm if Williams had tried to take her own life, commenting instead, “I know there was what appears to be an overdose or she’s ingested something. We don’t know as of yet.”
Authorities previously said that Williams refused to work with investigators after they began to ask her about “some inconsistencies in her statement.” An arrest warrant released last week details numerous claims regarding Williams’ parenting, with one former neighbor alleging that he’d observed Taylor being left at home by herself “at least every other day” and claiming that he saw the child wandering the apartment complex on her own at least twice, wearing the same pajamas and carrying the same doll.
Investigators also said in the report that Williams made various false statements to the authorities, which included claiming that her mother in Alabama had taken care of Taylor in October, while the mother told police that she had not seen her grandchild since January, according to Action News Jax.
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