Autopsy results released in death of 2-year-old Rodricus Williams

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - According to the Berkeley County coroner's office, 2-year-old Rodricus Williams, whose body was found in a cement-filled trash can two months ago, died from blunt head trauma.

Autopsy results were released Thursday. Rodricus Williams' father, Roger Anthony Williams and his girlfriend, Grace Trotman, are still behind bars. They are both charged with homicide by child abuse.

Roger Williams was scheduled to appear in front of a judge in Summerville for previous marijuana charges, but the hearing is now scheduled for Oct. 7.

A Berkeley County sheriff's office spokesman said the autopsy results will not change the charges against the couple. The couple has said Rodricus Williams died because of a health issue.

The tragic story that started on July 6 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.

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