DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police have jailed a 24-year-old woman whose battered 2-year-old son was pronounced dead Wednesday morning at Medical City Hospital. Franjessica Williams explained to police that she put the toddler in “time-out” multiple times Tuesday. She admitted to striking the boy with an open hand and “switch,” spanking him 3 or 4 times, and according to the affidavit, when he wouldn’t stay in a corner, she bound his hands and feet together with a belt, scarf and ribbon. When the child loosened the scarf, Williams bound him again to the point his wrists and ankles turned purple.
She told police the child didn’t eat all day either. Frustrated, Williams said she eventually carried the toddler upstairs and left him inside a closet overnight where he sat on a metal chair, tied up, facing the wall. When she woke up the next morning, he was dead.
Williams was charged with injury of a child, a first-degree felony and is currently being held at the Dallas County Jail on a $150,000 bond. Dallas police spokeswoman Senior Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey said it’s possible the charge may be upgraded to capital murder at a future date.
The cause of the child’s death is pending an autopsy by the Dallas County Medical Examiner.
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