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Posted on: June 28, 2016

6/28/2016 - 99-Year Prison Sentence in Child Starvation Death Case

San Antonio, Texas, June 28, 2016: Today, a Bexar County jury in the 379th District Court sentenced Crystal Williams, age 31, to 99 years in prison and assessed a $10,000.00 fine in connection with the death of 5-year-old Josiah Williams. Last week, Williams pled guilty to the first degree felony charge of Injury to a Child – Serious Bodily Injury – Omission.

On December 27, 2012, emergency responders were called out to a home in the 3900 block of Gayle Avenue. Once inside, they discovered Josiah unresponsive, lying on the floor. First responders, who immediately began attempting to revive the boy, said Josiah had two black eyes, cuts, scrapes and bruising all over his body, and appeared extremely underweight. Josiah was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy later revealed Josiah had been beaten and starved to death. At the time of his death, the 5-year-old weighed 38 pounds. The Medical Examiner testified Josiah died as a result of “dehydration in a battered underweight child.” During an interview with San Antonio police detectives, Williams admitted that she should have sought medical assistance for her step-son, but denied injuring the boy. During the punishment phase, Josiah’s maternal grandmother testified that prior to living with Williams, he was a “happy, go lucky child.” Josiah had been living with Williams, his biological father Charleston Williams, and his step-grandmother Gloria Proo, for six months before he died. Additionally, a family acquaintance testified that Josiah’s skin was “yellow” and appeared extremely underweight weeks before his death. At the time of his death, Josiah was not enrolled in school.

The two remaining co-defendant’s in this case, Charleston Williams and Gloria Proo, are awaiting trial before the 379th District Court. Williams and Proo are also charged with Injury to a Child – Serious Bodily Injury – Omission. Injury to a Child – Serious Bodily Injury – Omission is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Williams must serve 30 years before she’s eligible for parole. Assistant District Attorneys Stephanie Boyd, Lauren Glasscock, and Clarissa Fernandez, Investigator Edgar Castro, Victim Advocate Norma Ferguson and Intern Alex Pedraza from the Child Abuse Unit handled the case against Williams in the 379th District Court.

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