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Police Charge Mother In Infant’s Death

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The mother of an infant who died of starvation at a West Philadelphia homeless shelter has been arrested.

Police say 32-year-old Tanya Williams is facing murder and child endangerment charges in connection with the death of her two-month-old son Quasir Alexander.

He was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after being found unresponsive at the Traveler’s Aid shelter in the 100 block of 49th Street on December 23rd.

An autopsy revealed the boy died of dehydration and starvation, and police consider the death a homicide.

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Reported By Mike Dougherty, KYW Newradio.

  • Charles J Stecker Jr

    Well it’s been almost 44 years since the Philadelphia System failed my brother, “Li’l Eddie”, and continued its failure of me throughout my teen years and here we are still losing children to a Broken Failed System. I say WE Survivors should start an Oversight Committee to monitor these agencies.

    Edward John Stecker was born to this earth on April 11, 1964 and taken away tragically on February 28, 1967. He died in the arms of his loving 4 year old brother (Me) and at the hands of his foster mother (Lillian Bedford). We lived with the Bedford’s for only 13 days. Ten months before another child ( Brent Garcia ) died of unknown causes in the same home. Edward was taken away along with his older brother (Me) and younger sister due to Abuse and Neglect from their natural parents only to end up Murdered by the same system assigned to protect him. Li’l Eddie, My Brother, I live today for you and in your Memory, All My Love Your Brother Charles Jr.

  • Philly DA Says Probe Of Infant’s Starvation Death Continues « CBS Philly – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of Philadelphia

    […] victim’s mother, Tanya Williams (above), has been charged with murder (see previous story), but authorities are investigating to determine whether others should also be held […]

  • Bmore2Philly

    First, of course the mother is wrong and she should be punished. But it is also disturbing that this infant was surrounded by other people at the shelter who didn’t come to aid. And I’m assuming that the mothers lack of resources played a huge part in this. There are many reasons why this should not have happened. If she’s I hope she gets help and if she’s just blatantly cruel I hope she is tormented for the rest of her life.

  • Mike D

    Anyone that SICK should either be in a mental ward or BURIED!

    A child!… That is wrong!

    Anyone that knew of this situation and did nothing should also be made to suffer… depriving a child of food and drink until it dies,…

    … what can be said? What excuse given? NOTHING and NONE!

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