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'Severely Autistic' Teen Weighed Just 45 Pounds When She Was Found Dead In Feces-Filled Room, Prosecutors Say
It appears Kaylina Anderson "was confined to the room 24 hours a day," prosecutor says as she outlines awful living conditions.
A "severely autistic" teen girl who weighed just 45 pounds at the time of her death was kept locked in a room filled with feces, prosecutors said Wednesday as they detailed the 18-year-old's horrific living conditions during a court appearance for her mother and step-dad.
Police found the body of Kaylina Anderson on March 10 in a room of a home in Blythe, California. Her mother and step-dad - Jill Williams, 36, and Steven Williams, 40 - were arrested four days later and charged with her murder. They were both ordered held on $1 million, Palm Springs station KESQ-TV reported.
During Wednesday’s proceeding, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Lisa DiMaria described the fetid room where authorities found Anderson's body, according to The Desert Sun in Palm Springs. It contained only an air mattress and was covered in human remains.
"It appears she was confined to the room 24 hours a day," DiMaria said.
Anderson suffered "severe mental disabilities requiring her to have full-time care and supervision," investigators said in March, the Desert Sun reported.
A GoFundMe created by the victim’s relative Donna Meadows called Anderson “severely autistic.” She said she could not talk or care for herself. Meadows provided Oxygen.com with photos of the young woman when she appeared to be at a healthy weight.
“I hope that justice for Kaylina will be gotten,” Meadows told Oxygen.com. “I hope both Jill and Steven spend the rest of their miserable lives behind bars or get the death penalty. Kaylina was a beautiful young lady and her life was taken way to soon for no good reason.”