PALMDALE – A Palmdale woman and her boyfriend have been charged with the beating of her 22-month-old toddler, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
The boy is currently on life support in critical condition, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson.
Rosie Lee Wilson, 20, and Brandon Jerel Williams, 24, both face one count each of assault on a child becoming comatose, torture and mayhem.
Additionally, Williams faces one count of attempted murder and Wilson is charged with one count of child abuse.
The toddler suffered great bodily injury at the hands of Williams between June and August of this year, according to the prosecutor. Sheriff’s detectives have released no details on the case; however, a source connected to the family communicated with The AV Times on the condition of anonymity.
The couple told friends that the baby slipped and fell, the source said.
“After sleeping for more than a day, his mother saw that his limbs were turning blue and he was taken to the hospital, having seizures along the way. It was discovered he had older bruises, and after being confronted, the boyfriend admitted to punching the baby…” the source said.
Williams was arrested around 8:22 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 and Wilson was arrested about five hours later, according to LASD inmate records. The toddler’s three-year-old sister was taken into protective custody and abuse is also suspected, the source claimed.
The source’s information could not be confirmed with Sheriff’s detectives.
When contacted Wednesday morning, the boy’s biological father, Harley Morris, said all he wanted was for his son to be okay. But he said the toddler’s chances for survival are slim and he is praying for a miracle.
“It is a travesty how someone could do something like that to a 22-month-old child,” Morris stated. “I just hope and pray that my son makes a speedy recovery and has a chance at life, but if not, I know that he will be welcomed into God’s kingdom.”
Williams and Wilson were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, but the arraignment was delayed until Sept. 9 at Antelope Valley courthouse.
Bail for Williams and Wilson was set at more than $2 million. They both face multiple life sentences if convicted of all charges.
UPDATED 9/9/14: Rosie Lee Wilson and Brandon Jerel Williams were scheduled to be arraigned today, but the arraignment was postponed until Oct. 14, 2014. We will continue to follow this story.