A Texas judge on Friday raised the total bond amount of the mother in the Houston House of Horrors case to $1.5million after prosecutors revealed in court that she had been receiving $2,000 a month to care for her children, including her eight year-old son who was beaten to death and left to rot in an apartment with his brothers.
Gloria Williams, 35, previously had her bond set at $900,000, but earlier this week Judge Kelli Johnson said that the amount was ‘insufficient’ for the charges against the mom-of-six, including injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence.
On Friday, the judge increased Williams’ bond amount stemming from the injury to a child count from $350,000 to $1million, with the new total being $1,550,000.
Williams’ defense attorney previously requested that her original bond be lowered, arguing that $900,000 was not a ‘reasonable’ amount.
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Gloria Williams, 35, appeared in court Friday for a bail review, during which a judge raised her total bond amount to $1.5million
Williams previously had her bond set at $900,000, but the judge found that amount to be ‘insufficient’ given the charges against her
Williams’ defense attorney, right, previously requested that her original bond be lowered, arguing that $900,000 was not ‘reasonable’
‘I am satisfied,’ prosecutor Andrea Beall KPRC of the higher bond amount. ‘We can’t seek no bond in this case, per the Texas Constitution, and I believe the judge did take into consideration all of the factors and community safety.’
Williams’ boyfriend, Brian Coulter, 31, is charged with felony murder for allegedly punching and kicking her autistic eight-year-old, Kendrick Lee, to death, and then leaving his body to rot in the Houston apartment alongside his brothers, ages 15, 10 and 7, for nearly a year. His bond stand at $1 million.
Prosecutor Andrea Beall said she was ‘satisfied’ with Williams’ new bond amount
During Friday’s hearing, prosecutors revealed new information about the disturbing case, including that Williams was received payments from the government to help care for three of her children, including Kendrick, totaling $2,000 a month, reported KTRK.
According to prosecutors, she continued receiving the financial assistance even after Kendrick’s death in November 2020, which she had not reported to the authorities.
The child’s skeletal remains were found inside a Houston apartment on October 24, after Williams’ 15-year-old son alerted the police, leading to her and Coulter’s arrests.
The money that Williams was receiving allowed her to pay rent on two apartments, prosecutors said, including the one where she and Coulter had lived since March.
Williams (left) is charged with injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence. Williams’ boyfriend, Brian Coulter, 31 (right), is charged with felony murder for allegedly beating her autistic eight-year-old, Kendrick Lee, to death
Kendrick, who was autistic and non-verbal (pictured in a colorful shirt) was kicked and punched to death in November 2020, and then left to rot in an apartment with his brothers
A search of the couple’s apartment revealed that it was fully furnished, as opposed to the unit at the CityParc II complex 15 minutes away, where Williams’ sons lived beside the corpse of their brother, which was bare and crawling with cockroaches.
The children alleged that they were locked in a bedroom room with Kendrick’s decomposing remains, even while Coulter and Williams still lived with them.
TIMELINE IN HOUSTON HOUSE OF HORRORS CASE REVEALED:
November 20-23, 2020: Brian Coulter allegedly beats eight-year-old Kendrick Lee to death inside apartment at CityParc II complex in Houston
November 23: Coulter is arrested in Luling, Texas, and spends six days in jail after being discovered drunk and in possession of a gun at a convenience store
November 29: Coulter is released on bail; weapons possession case against him is still pending
March 2021: Coulter and Gloria Williams, Kendrick’s mother, move out of CityParc II apartment, leaving her three sons to live alone with Kendrick’s skeletal remains
October 2020: Coulter allegedly attacks Williams’ 10-year-old son, breaking his jaw; the boy receives no medical attention
October 24: Williams’ 15-year-old son texts his mother that he cannot do this anymore and calls 911 to report his brother’s death; police arrive to discover the corpse in filthy apartment
October 24, Evening: Deputies question Coulter and Williams, but let them go without charges
October 26: Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office rules Kendrick Lee’s death a homicide, leading to arrests of Coulter and Williams; boyfriend is charged with murder, while girlfriend is accused of injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence
October 27: Judge sets Coulter’s bond at $1million and Williams’ at $900,000
October 28: Coulter makes first court appearance and agrees to bond conditions
November 1: Williams appears in court and has attorney assigned to her
November 5: Judge raises Williams’ bond to $1.5million as prosecutors reveal she was getting $2,000 towards child care
Williams allegedly had groceries delivered to the apartment once a month and paid rent on the apartment to prevent Kendrick’s body from being discovered.
During a jailhouse interview with KHOU11 last week, Williams said she was ‘sorry’ but denied knowing that Kendrick was dead, even though according to a probable cause statement that was previously read in court, the mother allegedly admitted to investigators that she was aware the child had died, but she was afraid to report it to the police.
Kendrick’s body was left to rot under a blue blanket in a bug-infested bedroom, in full view of his brothers, for nearly a year while Williams and Coulter moved to another apartment, leaving the children to fend for themselves, according to law enforcement.
When asked why she left her sons – one of whom was seriously injured after being allegedly punched in the face by Coulter – Williams replied: ‘I checked on them every two weeks.’
The children were rescued by sheriff’s deputies on Sunday, after Williams’ 15-year-old son called 911. All three boys were described as malnourished, having been forced to subsist for months on snacks supplied by their mother and food donations from concerned neighbors.
Earlier, the grandmother of one of Williams’ daughters has described the woman as being ‘very unstable,’ and accused her of failing to protect her children.
Authorities last Wednesday alleged that Coulter punched and kicked Kendrick to death around Thanksgiving Day last year, and Williams refused to report him to the police, claiming she was afraid her children would be taken away and she would end up in jail.
Coulter and Williams were arrested a week ago at a public library, where they were said to have been looking up news stories online about their own case.
During Williams’ previous court appearance, a prosecutor read aloud a statement of probable cause, which revealed that three of the mother’s surviving children witnessed their brother’s fatal beating.
The children claimed Coulter struck the eight-year-old with closed fists and kicked him in his face, feet, back, testicles and buttocks.
Williams’ 7-year-old son told deputies Coulter continued kicking Kendrick, who was lying on the floor and not moving, while staring at the younger brother who was in the room.
After Kendrick’s eyes turned black and he stopped blinking, Coulter covered him with a blue blanket, the prosecutor stated.
When Williams entered the bedroom to check on her son and saw that he was dead, she began crying and fighting with Coulter.
Her 15-year-old son told investigators he believed his mother would call the police on Coulter, but ‘she never did.’ She then moved out of the apartment, leaving her surviving children with their brother’s rotting corpse and without any adult supervision.
Police rescued Williams’ three surviving sons, ages 7, 10 and 15, after her eldest son called 911
William’s 10-year-old son told investigators that when Williams came by the apartment at a later date and lifted the blanket off of Kendrick, she found that ‘his body, feet and teeth had turned into a skeleton,’ and that ‘his hair was off.’ His decomposing corpse was said to have been covered with cockroaches.
The 10-year-old also claimed that Coulter would beat him as well, hitting him on the face, stomach, buttocks and legs, and broke his jaw three weeks ago.
When police arrived at the apartment on Sunday, they found the child with a swollen jaw. At the hospital the following day, the boy said that his mother ‘was aware of the injury but did not seek or obtain medical aid for him,’ the prosecutor said.
Authorities said that the 10-year-old will require surgery to treat his facial fracture.
When questioned by detectives, Williams claimed that when she entered the bedroom around Thanksgiving 2020 and found Coulter beating her son Kendrick, she stopped the attack.
Prosecutors said Williams and Coulter were living in a fully furnished apartment located just 15 minutes away from her children’s bare and roach-infested home
After discovering the next day that Kendrick had died, Williams claimed that she confronted her boyfriend, who ‘stated he was sorry, that he lost it and punched him, and continued punching him until he went to sleep.’
Williams allegedly told investigators that she knew her son was dead a year ago, but she did not go to the police because Coulter had told her not to, and also because she was afraid that her children would be taken away and she would go to jail.’
The children lived in deplorable conditions for months as they waited for their mother to call authorities to report that their brother had been beaten to death and left to rot. Investigators say the mother never made that call and the oldest surviving son, a 15-year-old, finally overcame his ‘absolute fear’ and called authorities on Sunday.