JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WJXT) -- The mother of 5-year-old Taylor Williams -- who reported her daughter missing last year in what investigators say was a lie from the start -- is now charged with aggravated child abuse and tampering with evidence.
Court records show the charges were added Friday to the two counts of child neglect and one count of lying to law enforcement that Brianna Williams already faced.
Investigators found Taylor's remains about 4 miles outside of Demopolis, near where Williams lived and went to high school, the Florida Times-Union reports. Williams was hospitalized the same day as her daughter's remains were found after an attempt to kill herself by overdosing, police said.
Investigators later searched that apartment after Williams reported her daughter missing from the Brentwood home where she moved. According to records, they found possible bloodstains in six locations in the apartment, soiled children's clothes, fecal matter, cans of soup with small openings in them -- and a scent of decay.
That same scent was noticeable in the trunk of Williams' Honda Accord, records show. The trunk was empty but a rubber liner inside smelled of cleaning fluid. A cadaver dog picked up the scent of decomposition in the trunk and the driver's compartment. According to records, dead maggots, fecal matter, soiled clothes and assorted sex toys were also recovered from the car.
Three days after the move, Williams called police to report her daughter missing, saying she woke up and the back door was open and Taylor was gone.