Authorities said Tuesday that the mother of 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams has been arrested and charged in connection with the girl’s disappearance. Hours before police announced the arrest, investigators found remains that they believe to be Taylor in rural Alabama.
Taylor Rose’s mother, Brianna Williams, has been charged with felony child neglect and making false statements to police, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Tuesday. Brianna is currently in the hospital in serious condition after an apparent overdose, Williams added. Earlier Tuesday, police in Demopolis, Alabama, released a statement saying that the team searching for Taylor had found human remains. The remains were located in a wooded area between two towns in Marengo County, located about 100 miles west of Montgomery, police said.
The child was reported missing from her Jacksonville, Florida, home last Wednesday. Brianna Williams originally told investigators that her daughter was gone when she woke up November 6. But authorities said that it’s been weeks since Taylor was last seen, and that there were inconsistencies in Brianna’s story.