Father, step-mother arrested in 5-year-old boy's death

Charleston & Crystal Williams charged with Injury to a Child

Published On: Dec 28 2012 11:09:56 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 29 2012 07:21:14 AM CST
Father, step-mother arrested in boy's death

San Antonio police have arrested two people in connection with the death of 5-year-old Josiah Williams, found dead in his south side home Thursday afternoon.

Josiah’s 25-year-old father, Charleston Williams, and 27-year-old step-mother, Crystal Williams, were taken into custody Friday night. Each is charged with one count of Injury to a Child.

Josiah Williams was pronounced dead Thursday at his home in the 3900 block of Gayle Avenue.

According to police officers, the boy had been found unresponsive in the home. At the beginning of the investigation, San Antonio Police Sergeant Javier Salazar indicated that investigators became suspicious after noticing injuries to the boy’s body.

San Antonio police took Josiah’s parents in for questioning, and ordered an autopsy on the boy, to determine his cause of death. According to San Antonio Police Spokeswoman Sandy Gutierrez, the Bexar County Medical Examiner indicated signs of abuse, malnutrition and neglect.

Crystal Williams sobbed as she was being led from police headquarters

“I love my baby, I love my baby,” said Williams.

“I made a mistake. I didn’t think his injuries were that bad,” Charleston Williams told reporters at the police station.

Charleston also apologized to his family as he was led away in handcuffs. Both will be taken to the Magistrate’s Court to be formally charged, and then transported to the Bexar County Jail.

Late Friday afternoon, Child Protective Services told KSAT 12 News that a judge had signed an order placing the boy’s two step-siblings, an 8-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, into the care of the state.

Josiah lived with his biological father and his step-mother. While CPS never called for an investigation while the boy was in his father’s home, they were aware of Josiah while he was living with his biological mother.

CPS says it offered services at that time, but there was never any court action required.

Friday morning, neighbors told KSAT 12’s Katrina Webber that the family was relatively unknown to other residents in the area.

“Nobody really knows them, at least on mutual terms, on a good relationship,” resident James Kaiser said.

Kaiser said the family just moved into the neighborhood about a year ago, and most of the neighbors thought there were only two children living in the home.

“Just the two kids is what I noticed before. You can ask most of the neighbors, they’ll say the same thing," said Kaiser. "It was kind of shocking to hear there was a third kid."


Cory Smith, Katrina Webber and Julie Gill contributed to this report.