DNA confirms body found in trash can was Rodricus Williams

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County coroner's office has received DNA confirmation that the child found in a trash can filled with cement last week is the body of 2-year-old Rodricus Williams.

Confirmation was received shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday when the DNA results were sent from the State Law Enforcement Division.

The Berkeley County Coroner is still awaiting a toxicology report to see how the child died.

Family and friends gathered in downtown Charleston Tuesday to honor his memory at a funeral service held at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. He was laid to rest in Monrovia Cemetery.

The tragic story that started with reports that the boy was missing after falling in the Battery in downtown Charleston.

The boy was never in the water and his father, 28-year-old Roger Williams, and the father's live-in girlfriend, 24-year-old Grace Nichole Trotman, are in jail after being charged with homicide by child abuse last week.

According to an affidavit, Trotman admitted to an FBI agent that "she made up the missing child story to cover up an incident in which great bodily harm to the child occurred."

According to Roger Williams' affidavit, he acknowledged the boy had an ongoing health condition that needed to be monitored. However, when Rodricus Williams fell ill, he instructed Trotman not to contact health care providers. He admitted to investigators he did not call for medical help either.

After the boy allegedly died, authorities were directed to an abandoned mobile home near Bowman in Orangeburg County where they found the body of a small African-American boy encased in 450 pounds of concrete inside a plastic 30-gallon trash can.

The body found was determined by DNA to be that of Rodricus Williams on Wednesday.

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