JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The parents of Braxton Williams, 6, and his 5-year-old sister, Bri’ya rushed to UF Health Jacksonville late Tuesday afternoon minutes after the rescuers who found the children in the woods carried them into the emergency room.
The children’s mother, Bianca Williams, told News4Jax anchor Joy Purdy by phone that the boy and the girl were doing great. She thanked Jesus and the community for helping find her children.
Wednesday afternoon, their father, Brian Williams, sent News4Jax a selfie with his children looking like happy 5- and 6-year-old children should look.
The siblings who were missing for 52 hours were described as “happy and talkative” when a search team found them in an abandoned pump house deep in woods about a quarter mile from where they disappeared. The children were a little dehydrated and had some scapes, bumps and bruises, but appeared to be in good health.
"The rescuers gave them a bottle of water and some candy,'' Jacksonville Fire Rescue Chief Powers said. “They were chewing on candy and said, ‘We are hungry and we want a cheese pizza.’ So officers and some of our personnel chipped in and got some pizzas and had them delivered.”
Roxanne Lloyd, the siblings’ grandmother, said also rushed to see them.
“They look good. They look like Braxton and Bri’ya. They told me they was ready to come home," Lloyd said. “I embraced the, just kissed their heads, faces, lips, whatever -- just killed (them) all over."
It was initially expected the children would go home Wednesday, but news came in the afternoon they would likely be kept in the hospital a second night.