House of Horrors mother received child support for rotting dead son in her apartment, prosecutors say
A Texas mother has collected child support for the dead son found rotting in her apartment with her three other abandoned children, prosecutors said.
Gloria Williams is accused of leaving her three sons in a Houston apartment with the remains of their late eight-year-old brother, Kendrick Lee.
Prosecutors allege Ms Williams, 35, was also asking for government assistance for two of her children, including Kendrick.
Officials say she also received extra help for the eldest daughter, totaling around $ 2,000 per month.
She appeared in Houston court Friday for aggravated child assault and is now being held on $ 1.5 million bail after prosecutors asked a judge to increase it.
Court records show the boys told investigators their mother’s boyfriend Brian Coulter allegedly beat Kendrick to death last November, but his body was left to decompose inside the apartment as young people had to take care of themselves.
The eldest boy, Jordan Lee, 15, finally called 911 and sounded the alarm on October 24. When police arrived, they found Treyvone Lee, 10, and Javeone Kirklin, 7, also on the property.
Ms Williams also has two daughters who were not in the filthy apartment where the boys were forced to stay.
Texas officials say the children are all in foster care and continue to “receive the services they need to heal.”
Mr. Coulter has been charged with murder and is being held on $ 1 million bail. He is due to return to court in December.
Prosecutors said Ms Williams and Mr Coulter lived in a fully furnished apartment 15 minutes from the empty property where the boys were being held.
“The apartment was in terrible condition. We saw dirty carpet, no furniture at all. No bedding, no blankets that we could see. We have seen cockroaches and flies and very bad conditions for anyone to live in, ”Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez previously said.
And in an attempt to keep her son’s death a secret, she sent groceries to the apartment once a month and continued to pay the rent.
The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Kendrick’s death was a homicide with multiple blunt injuries.