Police, neighbors wait for answers in South side boy's death
Boy found dead in Gayle Avenue home identified as Josiah Williams, 5
An autopsy being performed on Josiah Williams, 5, could shed light on the cause of the boy’s death, which police have tentatively labeled “suspicious.”
San Antonio police responded to his family’s home in the 3900 block of Gayle Avenue around 2 p.m. Thursday and found the boy unresponsive, according to SAPD spokesman Sgt. Javier Salazar.
They determined that the death appeared suspicious after noticing injuries on his body, Salazar said.
According to an investigator at the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s office, an autopsy was scheduled to be performed Friday afternoon.
In the meantime, neighbors on the normally quiet street, including James Kaiser, anxiously awaited answers.
“We’re just very suspicious and want to know what’s going on,” Kaiser said. "We're constantly checking the internet, whatever we can find online."
Kaiser said he was disturbed to hear about the boy’s death.
But what was almost just as surprising, he said, was finding out the child lived in the home.
“Just the two kids is what I noticed before. And you can ask most of the neighbors, they'll say the same thing. So it was kind of shocking to hear there was a third kid," Kaiser said.
During the investigation, two other children found in the home were taken into custody. Police also took the parents in for questioning.
Kaiser said although most neighbor’s on the street know each other, no one knew Josiah’s family well. He said they had just moved into the rented home about a year ago.
A Child Protective Services spokesman says a judge signed an order Friday afternoon placing the two children who lived in the same home as Josiah Williams in CPS care.
Josiah lived with his biological father and his stepmother.
And while CPS was never called for an investigation while the boy was in this home, they were aware of him while he was living with his biological mother.
CPS offered services, but there was never any court action required then.
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