Florida mom pleads not guilty to abuse after 5-year-old found dead last year

Taylor Williams was found dead after a week-long search in November of 2019. Her mother plead not guilty in front of a judge April 7 via video-conference on counts including abuse.

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Taylor Williams was found dead after a week-long search in November of 2019. Her mother plead not guilty in front of a judge April 7 via video-conference on counts including abuse.

Brianna Williams was arrested in November, 2019 on $1.1 million bond.

Brianna Williams, 27, plead not guilty Tuesday to child abuse and other charges months after her 5-year-old daughter Taylor Rose Williams was found dead.

She was charged with child neglect, aggravated child abuse, providing false information to police and tampering with evidence. She has not been charged with murder.

AP News reports Williams and a Duval County, Florida, judge met via video conference.

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Williams first reported Taylor missing on Nov. 7,  2019, stating that the 5-year-old disappeared overnight and the door was left unlocked.

By 4 p.m. that day, Jacksonville Sheriff said Taylor's mother Brianna Williams was no longer being cooperative with the investigation. By day 6, she was a confirmed person of interest, according to Action News Jax.

The search continued for a week and expanded to Georgia and Alabama where Williams had family. Taylor’s remains were found in a trash bag in a rural, wooded area near Demopolis, Alabama.

The same day the announcement came out, Brianna Williams was hospitalized for a reported overdose.

After being discharged, she was held in Duval County Jail on a $1.1 million bond, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Department of Corrections website.

The cause of death for Taylor is still unknown.

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