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DNA confirms 2-year-old's body found in cement trash can

Charleston, SC -

CHARLESTON, SC (WMBF) - DNA confirmation has revealed the body of a child found encased in a cement-filled trash can last week is that of 2-year-old Rodricus Williams.

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office announced the findings of a State Law Enforcement Division DNA analysis just before 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The findings bring a slight amount of closure to a family in turmoil after it was reported the 2-year-old boy went missing after falling in the Battery in Downtown Charleston last week.

The call for help spurred a massive search by land and water for the 2-year-old, but rescue crews were never able to successfully recover the boy. Investigators were later led to an abandoned mobile home in Berkeley County, where the body of an African-American child was found.

The body of the child, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, was found encased in 450 pounds of concrete inside a 30-gallon trash can.

Williams' father, Roger Williams, 28, and his live-in girlfriend, Grace Nichole Trotman, 24, were arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse in connection to the boy's death.

An affidavit alleges Williams' girlfriend admitted to an FBI agent that she made up the missing child story to cover up an incident that caused great harm to the child.

Williams' affidavit acknowledged his 2-year-old son had a conditioned that needed to be closely monitored. When the boy became ill, he told Trotman not to seek medical help. The man admitted he did not contact a health care provider, either.

Family and friends paid their final respects to the 2-year-old boy during a funeral service Tuesday at the Ebenezer A.M.E Church in Downtown Charleston. The service was followed by the boy's burial at the Monrovia Cemetery.


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