The search for 2-year-old Rodricus Williams ended this week after police found his remains buried under 400 pounds of concrete in a trash can. Pop it to find out who was behind this horrifying tragedy.
It’s really sad when you can’t even trust parents with their own children.
A couple have been charged over the death of a South Carolina toddler whose remains were found buried in 400 pounds of concrete in a rubbish bin. The child’s body was found two days after police said a father and his girlfriend concocted a story about the man’s son falling into a harbour near a popular tourist destination.
Roger Williams, 29, and Grace Nichole Trotman, 24, have been charged with homicide by child abuse. An autopsy revealed the concrete held the body of a young boy who matched the description the couple had given Charleston police for Williams’s missing son, Rodricus Williams, said Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt.
Investigators were awaiting the results of a DNA test to confirm that the body found in the bin was that of Rodricus. Rodricus had been staying with his father and Trotman when his mother unexpectedly called wanting to see her son, police said.
Rodricus’s mother was told she could pick him up on Tuesday at the Battery in Charleston, a tourist area on the city’s peninsula, which is about 30 kilometres from where police believe the boy was killed.
The couple claimed the boy had fallen from the Battery into Charleston Harbour, touching off a 10-hour search by police and rescue workers on foot, and by boat and helicopter.
“It was a concocted story,” Sheriff DeWitt said. Police think Rodricus was killed at Trotman’s Summerville home, but his death was revealed only after Rodricus’s mother wanted to visit him.
Police do not know how long the boy had been dead. “We do know days, maybe longer,” Sheriff DeWitt said. Interviews with Trotman and Williams led police to the rubbish bin, which was behind an abandoned mobile home in a rural area surrounded by small homes and cornfields. Sheriff DeWitt said the body was inside rubbish bags and the concrete was poured on top. He said investigators think the boy was dead before he was put in the bin.
Rodricus had been admitted to a Charleston hospital several times, and Sheriff DeWitt said he had been beaten before. “During interviews, there was some talk about the child being struck on occasions,” Sheriff DeWitt said. “Our interpretation is [that] it was not by accident.”