Florida mother of dead 5 year old enters not guilty plea

Posted at 2:54 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 17:50:22-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A North Florida mother has entered a plea of not guilty for charges connected with the disappearance of her 5-year-old daughter.

Brianna Williams, 27, is charged with three felonies, including two counts of child neglect and one count of lying to law enforcement officers.

This comes after Williams reported her daughter, Taylor Williams, missing last November.

After a multi-state search, authorities found the child's remains in a wooded-area in Alabama. Williams was arrested in the midst of the search, but then was hospitalized and put into a medically-induced coma after authorities say she attempted to kill herself.

Williams was later transported to the Duval County Jail.

An arrest warrant reveals she allegedly gave "numerous false statements" to the police about her daughter's whereabouts.

Williams' bond is set at $1 million. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 4.