Parents charged with murder, abuse in girl's death

FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The parents of a 21-month-old girl have been indicted on charges related to her death, according to State's Attorney for Frederick County, Md. J. Charles Smith, III.

According to the state's attorney, Frankie Williams and Stephanie Williams of Frederick were indicted on Friday in the death of Anayah Williams. Authorities say she was beaten to death on March 14.

Frankie Williams was indicted for first-degree murder, first-degree child abuse resulting in death, first-degree child abuse resulting in serious physical injury and first degree assault.

He was also charged with first degree child abuse resulting in serious physical injury, and first-degree assault, for injuries to Anayah that occurred when she was an infant on September 2, 2012. That incident was previously investigated by law enforcement and Child Protective Services. Frankie Williams is charged in the same indictment with second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault for an earlier incident involving Anayah's younger sibling.

Frankie William's bond hearing was postponed until Tuesday.

As for Anayah's mother, Stephanie, she was indicted for first degree child abuse resulting in serious physical injury for having failed to act, and accessory after the fact to first-degree assault, as a result of her conduct the night Anayah was murdered, according to the state's attorney.

Her bond remains at $1,000,000.


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