Warrant: May last time anyone other than Taylor's mother saw girl alive

Brianna Williams absentee booked after remains believed to be daughter found

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An arrest warrant for the mother of a 5-year-old girl who was reported missing last week from Jacksonville reveals the last time anyone other than the mother had seen the child alive was in May.

Brianna Williams, a 27-year-old petty officer first class in the U.S. Navy, was absentee booked Tuesday into the Duval County jail on two counts of child neglect and giving false information to investigators in the disappearance of her daughter, Taylor Rose Williams. Her arrest followed the discovery of remains, which State Attorney Melissa Nelson said are believed to be those of Taylor, in a wooded area in Alabama, and Brianna Williams being hospitalized after an arrest report shows she attempted suicide.

Child neglect details

Her arrest warrant, obtained Wednesday by News4Jax, alleges Brianna Williams left her daughter at home by herself at an apartment complex on Southside Boulevard multiple times dating back to April and lied to police about who was taking care of her daughter.

VIEW: Redacted arrest warrant

A neighbor at the Southside apartment complex told detectives that he saw Taylor "alone and wandering the apartment complex on more than one occasion." According to the warrant, the first time the neighbor saw Taylor alone was April 17, when he asked the girl what she was doing and Taylor replied, "Looking for my momma." 

The warrant states the neighbor continued to see Taylor home alone at least every other day. The neighbor said the girl was always wearing the same pajamas and holding the same doll. In addition to noticing Taylor from within the apartment, according to the warrant, the neighbor also observed Taylor alone outside on at least two more times in May.

Based on the warrant, May 21 appears to be the last time anyone other than Brianna Williams saw Taylor alive. The neighbor at the Southside apartment complex told police he had not seen Taylor since that date. He told police he asked Brianna Williams about Taylor's whereabouts on a couple of occasions after May 21, and she told him she was in Alabama with her grandparents, the warrant shows.


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