Parents Face Additional Charges in Death of 21-Month-Old Daughter

By WHAG News

Published 04/15 2014 08:22AM

Updated 04/15 2014 06:15PM

FREDERICK, Md. - The parents of a little girl who died while in their care are facing additional charges related to her death, according to the State's Attorney for Frederick County. 

21-month-old Anayah Williams died March 14, 2014. Her parents, Frankie and Stephanie Williams are facing a slew of charges in her death.

The father, Frankie, was indicted by a Grand Jury on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree child abuse resulting in death, first-degree child abuse resulting in serious physical injury, and first-degree assault, for the beating death of his daughter on March 14, 2014. 

The State also charged Frankie with offenses of first-degree child abuse resulting in serious physical injury, and first-degree assault for injuries to Anayah that occurred when she was an infant on September 2, 2012, that had been previously investigated. 

Law enforcement and Child Protective Services also say Frankie is charged in the same indictment with second-degree child abuse, and second-degree assault, for an ealier incident involving Anayah's 5-month-old sibling, Nyeli Williams. 

The mother, Stephanie, was indicted for first-degree child abuse resulting in serious physical injury for having failed to act, and accessory after the fact to first-degree assault, as a result of her conduct the night Anayah was murdered. 

Both Frankie and Stephanie Williams have been held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center since mid-March, each on a $1 million bond. According to court officials, at Stephanie's bond hearing Monday her previously set bond was ordered to remain the same, and she's still being held behind bars. 

Officials say Frankie's bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. 

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