The two surviving siblings of Josiah Williams, 5, will remain in the custody of Child Protective Services for at least the next 60 days as the result of a hearing in a Bexar County court room Wednesday morning.
Judge Charles Montemayor reached the decision after listening to testimony from a caseworker with Child Protective Services who gave details of Josiah's death and living conditions.
San Antonio police found Josiah (pictured) dead in his family’s South side home two days after Christmas. They labeled the case “suspicious” after noticing what they said was evidence the boy was starved and beaten.
A few days later, they arrested his father, Charleston Williams, 25, and stepmother, Crystal Williams, 27, on charges of injury to a child.
Crystal Williams’ mother, Gloria Proo, 48, also has been charged in connection with his death.
The hearing Wednesday morning was to determine the fate of two other children who were living in the home — Crystal Williams’ 8-year-old son by another man, and a 2-year-old daughter the couple shared.
On the witness stand, Luis Morales with CPS told the judge Josiah had two black eyes, bruises on his head and body and a possible fractured skull at the time of his death.
He also testified that Josiah slept in a cardboard box, and was punished by being deprived of food and water and forced to stand in a closet.
Morales said CPS workers observed holes in the walls of that closet which had blood in them and were about the same size as Josiah’s head, a sign that someone had banged his head against the wall.
All of this, Morales said, was witnessed by the other two children.
An attorney representing the state argued that it’s proof the children should remain in CPS custody with no visitation from the Williamses.
The judge agreed, giving CPs temporary managing conservatorship and ordering that both children be placed into counseling immediately.
Another hearing is scheduled for January 25 that could result in the Williamses losing their parental rights permanently.