KEY POINTS

  • Denette Elizabeth Williams' boyfriend, Christopher Hardmon, called 911 after seeing the newborn in the toilet
  • The infant survived and was taken to Memorial Herman
  • Williams told the police that she had not been aware of her pregnancy
  • Police later found Williams had sought SNAP benefits, identifying herself as a pregnant woman

A 34-year-old woman, who was on parole after being convicted for the violent death of her 1-month-old son in 2011, has been charged for leaving her newborn child in a water-filled toilet in Conroe, Texas.

Denette Elizabeth Williams has been charged with endangering a child in connection with the incident that happened on Sept. 2 last year, reported New York Daily News. She was out on a $50,000 bond after serving five years in prison for the death of her son when the incident happened. 

Christopher Hardmon, Williams' boyfriend, called 911 after discovering the newborn's head in the toilet, the police said. 

Williams told the police that she had not been aware of her pregnancy. According to her, she went to the toilet around 3 a.m. on Sept. 3 after feeling uncomfortable. She claimed to hearing a "plop" in the toilet and seeing blood. Williams reportedly jumped into the shower, screaming. Her boyfriend rushed to the toilet and saw the newborn in it.

The infant was taken to Memorial Herman, where staff said she was healthy. The doctors said the child had been carried for nearly nine months.

Williams' mother Dee Oliver said she had asked her daughter if she was pregnant. Williams answered that she was not sure and that she wanted to go to a doctor to get checked.

However, the investigators found out that Williams had submitted an application for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, identifying herself as a pregnant woman with a due date of Sept. 1, 2020.

Police said they believe Williams had left the child in the toilet to drown, opting not to seek medical care. 

Williams' earlier conviction was for the death of her baby boy who had died of blunt force injuries. Braylan Hood, who was born five weeks premature, had broken ribs and neck. The baby also had arm ligature marks and bleeding in the brain.

According to the prosecution, Williams and Jimmie Hood, the child's father, failed to take the newborn to a doctor and instead kept him strapped to a car seat without feeding him or changing his diaper. 

Williams was found guilty and was sentenced on Aug. 1, 2012, to 15 years in prison, which was later reduced to 10 years.

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