PALMDALE – A Palmdale mother and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty in the torture death of her 2-year-old son.
Rosie Lee Wilson, 21, and Brandon Jerel Williams, 25, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder, assault on a child causing death and torture in connection with the death of Wilson’s son, Anthony.
After clinging to life for 41 days, Anthony Lee Wilson died at Children’s Hospital on Oct. 5, 2014, a week after his second birthday.
Anthony suffered great bodily injury between June and August of last year, while he was living with Wilson and Williams on 26th Street East in Palmdale, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson.
The toddler was severely beaten on Aug. 21, the prosecutor said.
A friend of the couple said Wilson took her son to the hospital and said the baby slipped and fell. When older bruises were discovered, Williams admitted to punching the child, claims the friend, who asked not to be identified.
Williams was arrested around 8:22 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, and Wilson was arrested about five hours later, according to LASD inmate records.
Williams was initially charged with attempted murder, child assault, torture and mayhem, while Wilson initially faced charges of child abuse, child assault, torture and mayhem.
When Anthony died in October, charges against the couple were upgraded to include murder.
After pleading not guilty to all charges Tuesday, they were ordered to appear in court on Feb. 5 for a preliminary hearing. At the conclusion of that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence against the couple for the case to go to trial.
Each remains jailed on $2 million bail.
If convicted as charged, Williams and Wilson face maximum sentences of life in prison.
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