Jill Williams, 36, and Steven Williams, 40, each face murder charges in connection with the death of Kaylina Anderson, authorities say.
(Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)
A “severely autistic,” the woman weighed 45 pounds when her body was found locked in a feces-filled space in Southern California about seven months ago, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
The authorities found the body of Kaylina Anderson, 18, on March 10 in a home in Mesa Verde in the most southeastern part of California, near the Arizona border.
Her stepfather Steven Williams, 40, and mother of Jill Williams, 36, were both charged with murder, the Desert Sun of Palm Springs reported.
Anderson’s body was found in a room with only a mattress with “feces everywhere,” Lisa DiMaria, a Riverside County deputy public prosecutor, told the newspaper.
“It seems that she was locked in the room 24 hours a day,” DiMaria said.
The body of Kaylina Anderson, 18, March 10, in Mesa Verde, Calif. A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect money for the funeral expenses.
(GoFundMe via Donna Marie Meadows)
Her parents were arrested in March 14, and were held on $ 1 million bail each at the Riverside County Jail, Palm Springs’ KESQ-TV reported.
The couple was also accused of abuse of a dependent adult and child in danger, Palm Springs’ KMIR-TV reported.
Researchers said in March that the victim is “a severe mental disability, requiring her to have a full-time care and supervision,” the Desert Sun reported.
Autistic woman weighed just 45 pounds when body found locked in feces-filled space in the vicinity of Blythe, prosecutor says. https://t.co/KxpblJd8Vr pic.twitter.com/PUfetaKRzN
— The Desert Sun (@MyDesert) September 27, 2018
“Because of her diminished physical appearance and poor living conditions, investigators from the Blythe Station and the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit responded to the scene and took over the investigation,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said KMIR.
Three boys, no older than 6 lived in the house, the report said. They were placed in the custody of Riverside County Child Protective Services.
DiMaria said that the boys not be visible bruises or injuries, according to the paper.
A GoFundMe campaign called “justice for Kaylina Anderson” was set up in her memory to lay her to rest.
Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.