PALMDALE – The Palmdale toddler who was allegedly beaten and tortured by his mother and her boyfriend has died.
Anthony Lee Wilson was pronounced dead at 1:26 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 5 at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Baby Anthony died a week after his second birthday.
An autopsy is still pending, however, the case is being investigated as a homicide, Winter said.
Baby Anthony suffered great bodily injury, allegedly at the hands of his mother, Rosie Lee Wilson, and her boyfriend, Brandon Jerel Williams, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The alleged abuse occurred between June and August of this year, said Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson.
Sheriff’s detectives have released little information about the case. However, friends of the couple said Wilson took her son to the hospital on Aug. 22, and she said the baby slipped and fell.
“It was discovered he had older bruises, and after being confronted, the boyfriend admitted to punching the baby…” said a friend of the couple, who asked not to be identified.
The boyfriend, 24-year-old Williams, was arrested around 8:22 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22; and Wilson was arrested about five hours later, according to LASD inmate records.
Days later, Wilson and Williams were each charged with assault on a child becoming comatose, torture and mayhem. Williams was also charged with one count of attempted murder and Wilson with one count of child abuse. At the time, Baby Anthony was on life support in critical condition, according to the prosecutor.
The couple appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom on Aug. 26, but arraignment was postponed to Sept. 9 and then again to Oct. 14.
Charges against Wilson and Williams are expected to be amended before their arraignment next week, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
Each remains jailed on $2 million bail.
UPDATED 10/10/14: Criminal charges were amended Oct. 9 in connection with the death of Anthony Lee Wilson. Rosie Lee Wilson and Brandon Jerel Williams are now charged with murder, assault on a child causing death and torture. Arraignment is set for Oct. 16.
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