Mom Charged With Killing 2-Year-Old Girl Found in Ravine

Adriene Williams, 27
Adriene Williams, 26


*When 2-year-old Adrionna went missing, no one in her family suspected that her own mother knew why. After all, she was supposed to be at work. But the little girl was found dead in a ravine hours later. And her mom, Adriene Williams, 26, of Wilkinsburg, has been arrested on charges she asphyxiated the girl. An investigation with police on Tuesday states the mother became angry because she had to help the toddler clean herself after using the toilet.

 Williams has now been arrested on charges of criminal homicide, endangering the welfare of a child, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, according to Allegheny County police.

No attorney has been listed for her.

The little girl was discovered dead by a dog walker in Swissvale, a Pennsylvania suburb, about 40 minutes after her family reported her missing June 14.

In an apparent attempt to cover her tracks, Williams posted grief-stricken messages on Facebook the morning after Adrionna’s body was found, saying, “Give me my angel back, please” and “Mommy loves you, my angel.”

Community leaders also got involved; and held a march several days later, where they decried the crime and asked for the public’s help.

But based on a nine-page criminal complaint, police charged Williams because of items found in her car: cellphone records and surveillance video, which strongly suggested she was the killer.

It was first learned from the complaint that a medical examiners review stated the girl had been asphyxiated. And police say there was no indication on her bare feet that she had walked to the place where her body was found, about 2 miles from her grandmother’s duplex; where she was supposed to stay while her mother was at work. Adriene Williams was employed as a security guard at a low-income apartment complex in Pittsburgh, the complaint said. She was set to work the 7pm to 2am shift.

2-year-old Adrionna

Police found evidence that pointed towards the mother in her car; where things such as the same colored paper clips that was near the little girl’s body were similar to clips later found in her mothers’ car. There were also small splotches of mud in the car, along with  Williams’ uniform shirt, which had the girl’s DNA and stains from watermelon — a treat the girl was eating just before her mother left for work.

Police believe Williams left for work about 6:20 p.m. only to have the girl follow her out onto the porch. Nobody else saw what happened after that, though the girl’s grandmother, aunt and two cousins at the duplex all assumed Williams left for work, police said.

Shortly before Williams left, her daughter used the bathroom and needed help cleaning herself, according to one cousin.

“This seemed to annoy Adriene and she got up from the couch stating, ‘I want to change my name,’ in a loud angry voice,” the cousin told police. After Williams helped her daughter, the girl climbed on a couch to play with her mother but the cousin told police, “it seemed that Adriene didn’t want to play with her.”

Read about the the concluding moments at Yahoo News.


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