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WILLIAMS ENTERS GUILTY PLEAS TO FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND CHILD ABUSE
FREDERICK- Frankie Aubrey Williams, 26, of Frederick, Maryland, entered guilty pleas today to two charges regarding his abuse of his daughter, Anayah Williams. He was convicted of first degree child abuse regarding a September 2012 incident, and first degree murder regarding the death of his daughter on March 14, 2014. On March 14, 2014, police responded to an emergency call at 346B Prospect Boulevard in Frederick. They found the 22 month old child non-responsive. A short time later, Anayah was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital. Doctors noted visible bruising on her torso. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner would subsequently determine that Anayah had died of internal injuries as a result of abusive blows to her abdomen.
Mr. Williams, the child’s biological father, admitted to police that he had punched the child several times that evening, causing her fatal injuries. He further admitted to a prior incident of abuse that occurred on September 2, 2012. Anayah’s skull was fractured as a result of that incident.
Sentencing will take place on March 17, 2015. The Defendant will receive a Life sentence, suspend all but 60 years to be served in the Division of Correction on the first degree murder conviction, and a consecutive suspended 25 year sentence on the first degree child abuse conviction. The sentence is binding on all parties and may not be modified without the consent of the State.
Anayah’s mother, Stephanie Ramirez Williams, previously entered a guilty plea to first degree child abuse and is serving 40 years with all but 20 years suspended at the Division of Correction. Frankie will be held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center until he is sentenced at a later date.
The State was represented by Chief Assistant State’s Attorney Lindell Angel and Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen Swanson.
J. Charles Smith, IIIState’s Attorney forFrederick County, Maryland
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