In the case of a missing 5-year-old girl, the mother was charged with child neglect and providing false information to investigators as police officers found the human remains of a child in rural Alabama on Tuesday.

Police said a child’s body was discovered by the search team between Lindon and Demopolis in Alabama after the mother, 27-year-old Brianna Williams, reported the child, Taylor Rose Williams, missing on Nov. 6 from her home at the Jacksonville Navy airbase, where she worked. Brianna stopped cooperating with the investigation after there were inconsistencies in her statements to the officers. 

Jacksonville city Sheriff Mike Williams stated in a press release that Brianna was booked but was in the hospital due to an alleged overdosage. The local reports suggested that the overdose was an attempt to suicide as it occurred after the search teams had found the remains and were on their way to arrest Brianna.

The sheriff said, “While indications are this maybe Taylor Williams, the exact identification of the victim will be made pending some detailed forensic analysis of those remains.” He added that the child’s father, who had not met the child and the family in two years, was cooperating with the investigations.

Military officials reported that Brianna was assigned to the tactical operations center at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and had enlisted in the navy about 7 years ago. 

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