Gloria Williams, 35, the mother of three siblings who were abandoned months ago in a Texas apartment along with the body of their deceased sibling says she checked on the children “every two weeks.”
CNN affiliate KHOU reported that Williams — who is currently behind bars for her involvement in the death of her 8-year-old-son, Kendrick Lee — told the outlet she “didn’t do it.” Williams claimed she didn’t even know the child was dead. Court documents, however, suggest Williams “altered, destroyed and concealed Kendrick’s body to get rid of evidence,” according to KHOU.
The outlet asked Williams why she left the three kids — aged 7, 10, and 15 — alone, and she claimed she “checked on them every two weeks.”
As The Daily Wire reported, authorities say 31-year-old Brian Ward Coulter allegedly beat the child to death and that the mother, 35-year-old Gloria Yvette Williams, allegedly helped in a cover-up. The two adults allegedly abandoned the children months before they were found.
Coulter was charged with felony murder, and the complaint accuses him of “unlawfully, intentionally and knowingly commit the felony offense of injury to a child by intentionally, knowingly and recklessly causing serious bodily injury to Kendrick Lee, hereafter styled the Complainant, a child younger than 15 years of age, by striking the Complaint with the Defendant’s hand, and by kicking the Complainant with the Defendant’s foot, and while in the course of and furtherance of the commission of said offense did commit an act clearly dangerous to human life, to-wit: striking the Complaint with the Defendant’s hand and kicking the Complainant with the Defendant’s foot, and did thereby cause the death of Kendrick Lee.”
The Daily Beast, which has dubbed the story a “house of horrors,” reported that Williams became “somebody else” when she met Coulter. Linda Smith, the grandmother of one of the surviving children abandoned in the apartment. Smith, whose son is the father of one of the kids, said she took in Williams and her kids for a few months in 2014. Smith said she eventually asked Williams to leave for “promiscuous behavior” but said that at the time Williams was a loving mother. She said that changed after Williams met her current boyfriend, Coulter.
“All of this happened after she met him,” Smith said. “When I saw her picture [on the news], she was like somebody else. I couldn’t imagine her ever being like that. I never saw her like that. She wasn’t like that when she was around me.”
In another development in the case, NBC News reported that Williams claimed she didn’t report Kendrick’s death because she was afraid, which also counters her claim that she didn’t know the child was dead.
Family members also told the outlet that Williams only reached out when she needed money and had a new phone number every few months and moved apartments. When her cousin, Yasmin Creag, asked about the children, she said Williams would say they were okay and in school.
“She kept saying they’re OK, they’re in school. Anytime we did go help and ask, ‘Where the kids at?’ She would say, ‘Oh, they are in school.’ We never had an apartment number,” Creag told the outlet. “She (would) always be like, ‘I’ll meet y’all at the front of the apartments.’ We didn’t think anything of it.”
Williams’ family also said they would fight for custody of the surviving children.