CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A woman pleaded guilty last week to helping dispose of her boyfriend's 2-year-old son's body in a trash can and then filling it with 450 pounds of concrete in 2010.
Grace Trotman entered a guilty plea on charges of homicide by child abuse and desecration of human remains. She could face 20 years in jail for the death of Rodricus Williams and up to 10 years for the desecration charge. Sentencing will take place at a later date.
The tragic story started on July 6, 2010 with reports that the boy was missing after falling in the Battery in downtown Charleston. Authorities launched a massive search for the boy who was actually never in the water. The boy's father, 28-year-old Roger Williams, and his live-in girlfriend, 24-year-old Trotman, were arrested.
Trotman admitted to an FBI agent that she made up the missing child story to cover up the child's death. In an affidavit, Roger Williams 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 2-year-old Rodricus Williams of encased in 450 pounds of concrete inside a plastic 30-gallon trash can.