Mother, stepdad reportedly kept autistic, malnourished 18-yr-old daughter confined to a feces-filled room before she died
Kaylina Anderson was found dead on March 10 and her mother Jill Williams and stepfather Steven Williams have both been charged with murder in connection to her death
It has been revealed that an 18-year-old girl who had been described as "severely autistic" was found in a feces-filled room in her home in California. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Office found Kaylina Anderson shortly after midnight on March 10 after they got a call for an unattended death. The authorities have described that the teen had a "diminished physical appearance" and that the family home, in general, had been in a substandard condition.
36-year-old Jill Williams, Anderson's mother, and 40-year-old Steven Williams, her stepfather, had both been charged with murder in connection to her death. After the pair made a brief appearance in court on Wednesday, it was revealed that the 5'2" teen was only 45 pounds when she died.
NBC Los Angeles had reported at the time that the room the teen had been found in had an air mattress that was also found to have been covered in feces. Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Lisa DiMaria told The Desert Sun in an interview: "It appears she was confined to the room 24 hours a day."
Both Jill and Steven Williams are currently being held at the Indio Jail with a bail having been set at $1 million. They are scheduled to appear in court again on November 5. Both of them had pleaded not guilty in March to the charges of murder, child endangerment, and cruelty to elders/dependent adults.
The Riverside County Child Protective Services also found three boys under 6-years-old living in the home. All three of them were put into care when Anderson's body was found. DiMaria said that the boys did not have any injuries at the time.
Meanwhile, a fundraising page was set up by the family of the teen titled "Justice For Kaylina Anderson". Donna Marie Meadows wrote in the description of the GoFundMe page: "This beautiful 18-year-old young lady was my nephew's only daughter and child. She was severely autistic and could not talk or care for herself."
She continued: "She was abused and starved to death! At this time I am setting up this campaign on behalf of my nephew and his family in order to raise money for Kaylina to be laid to rest and to get my nephew TJ Anderson to Blythe, California to attend preliminary and sentencing proceedings as he is currently living out of state with his parents."