BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the search for 2-year-old Rodricus Williams whose body was eventually found in a cement-filled trash can in Orangeburg County.
The tragic story started on July 6, 2010 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 the Berkeley County Detention Center awaiting trial. Both are charged with homicide by child abuse.
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 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.