• Live updates: Taylor Williams' mom hospitalized after body found during search

    By: Aurielle Eady , Action News Jax


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Nov. 21, 2019: Day 16 in search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams 

     Two sources tell Action News Jax Brianna Williams, the mother of missing Jacksonville girl Taylor Williams, has been moved from the hospital to the Duval County Jail. 

    Williams was taken to the hospital following an apparent overdose on Nov. 12, the same day police in Alabama said human remains were found in Alabama during the search for 5-year-old Taylor.​​​​​​​

    Nov. 14, 2019: Day 9 in search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams 

    Brianna Williams' bond is set at $1.1 million. If released on bond, she would be placed on GPS monitoring, according to a judge's order.

    As of Thursday afternoon, Williams had not yet been booked into the Duval County Jail and was still being treated at a Jacksonville hospital for an apparent overdose.

    Sheriff Williams said she was taken to the hospital in serious condition Tuesday, the same day the announcement about the discovery of human remains came out.

    JSO said they had not yet informed her of the charges before she was taken to the hospital.

    JSO said Wednesday they couldn't give an update on her condition but when she is moved, her housing status will be updated on her booking sheet.

    Her next court appearance is scheduled for December 4.

    Nov. 13, 2019: Day 8 in search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams 

    UF Health officials tell Action News Jax Brianna Williams, mother of missing 5-year-old Taylor Williams, is not in their system as a patient.

    She was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after being found unresponsive on base at NAS Jax from an apparent overdose.

    Duval County jail logs show that she is scheduled to make a court appearance at 1 p.m. Wednesday, but courthouse authorities say she is not scheduled to make an appearance. 

    The arrest warrant from the State Attorney's Office for Brianna Williams explains the charges against her in this case. 

    Brianna Williams is facing two counts of child neglect and one count of giving false information to law enforcement during the investigation, according to the warrant. 

    The child neglect charges stem from a witness statement. According to the warrant the witness lived in the neighborhood where the Williams lived. The witness said Taylor Williams was seen wandering around the complex alone multiple times. One time he walked her back to her apartment, made sure she got back inside and had her lock the door behind him. In the warrant, the witness told police that he noticed Taylor was left alone at least every other day.

    The false statement charge is because, according to the warrant, Brianna Williams told police that her mother took care of Taylor through the month of October. Brianna Williams' mother told police that she has not seen Taylor since January. 

    Click here to read 10 things to know about the investigation.

    Nov. 12, 2019: Day 7 in search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams 

    The Demopolis Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that human remains were found in Alabama during the search for missing Jacksonville 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams.

    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office say they have arrested Taylor's mother, Brianna Williams.

    Williams faces two child neglect charges and faces a charge of giving false information to law enforcement during an investigation. 

    Williams was taken to the hospital Tuesday for an apparent overdose. Police said she was found unresponsive at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

    JSO Sheriff Mike Williams said she is in serious condition. 

    Nov. 11, 2019: Day 6 in search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams 

    Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Monday that Taylor Williams' mother is now a person of interest in her daughter's disappearance.


    Sheriff Williams said Brianna Williams is still not cooperating in the investigation and is not in custody but is on base at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where she works.

    FBI Jacksonville Special Agent in Charge Rachel Rojas said several teams, including the Child Abduction Response Team and the Cellular Analysis Survey Team, have been working on this case. 

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    Sheriff Williams also confirmed that search for a missing person in Demopolis, Alabama is related to the Amber Alert regarding 5-year-old Taylor Williams.

    The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said in a news conference last week they are working with investigators in Alabama because Brianna has family there.

    The Demopolis Police Department said Sunday afternoon it is assisting the FBI and other out-of-state agencies in a search for a missing person around the Demopolis area. Demopolis is about 15 miles away from where Brianna previously lived. 

    Rojas said FBI Mobile and FBI Birmingham are also assisting in the investigation.

    Sheriff Williams is asking anyone who has seen Taylor and her mother between Jacksonville and Alabama in the past few weeks to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500.

    The sheriff also asked anyone who has seen Brianna Williams' vehicle -- a 2017 black Honda Accord -- between Jacksonville and Alabama in the past 2 weeks to contact police.

    Nov. 8, 2019: Day 3 in search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams 

    The search for missing Jacksonville 5-year-old Taylor Williams entered its third day on Friday and so far, hundreds of officers and volunteers have come up empty-handed.

    Meanwhile, doubt continues to surround the girl's mother, Brianna S. Williams. Sheriff Mike Williams said Thursday that Brianna Williams was no longer cooperating with the investigation.

    Nov. 7, 2019: Day 2 in search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams 

    Quick Summary of Day 2:

    • Sheriff Mike Williams of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office held a news conference where he stated the mother, Brianna Williams, is no longer cooperating in the investigation. He's asking for anyone who may have seen Taylor and Brianna in the past six months to contact the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500
    • Investigators in Jacksonville are working with police in Alabama, where Taylor's mother is from and has family, to help locate Taylor. 
    • Many agencies and volunteers searched areas in Jacksonville for more than 30 hours looking for the 5-year-old girl.
    • There is a $4,000 reward being offered by Crime Stoppers. 

    -- If you see Taylor or know of her whereabouts, you are asked to call police at 904-630-0500.

    Below is a blog of events as they occurred on Day 2:

    8:50 P.M. UPDATE: First Coast Crime Stoppers announced it has increased the reward in the case for missing 5-year-old Taylor Williams to $4,000. 

    Action News Jax reporter Dani Bozzini spoke to a NAS JAX mother tonight who says 5-year-old Taylor Williams was in her son's child development center class on base. "The kids were in the same class all year long, so I had seen her basically every day until the last day of VPK." 

    She says that was on June 5 for their class graduation, which lines up with what JSO told us earlier today.

    JSO confirmed that Taylor was enrolled at a day care on base in the spring. 

    The mother says that graduation ceremony was the last time she saw Taylor. 

    6:30 P.M. UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is working with another agency in a different state as it investigates the disappearance of Taylor Williams. 

    Brianna Williams, Taylor's mother, is from Alabama.

    The Sheriff's Office said it is working with investigators in Alabama because Brianna Williams has family there.

    While Sheriff Mike Williams said Brianna Williams is not cooperating in the investigation, some of her family members are. Some family members have come from out of town to speak with police.

    6:00 P.M. UPDATE: JSO, JFRD and several other agencies and volunteers have searched various areas looking for 5-year-old Taylor Williams. 

    The search lasted for more than 30 hours and little Taylor still was not found. 

    Nothing significant was found in their search efforts, however, many of the volunteers said they don't want to give up until they find out what happened to little Taylor. 

    4:00 P.M. UPDATE: Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Taylor's mother Brianna S. Williams is no longer being cooperative with the investigation.

    Sheriff Williams is asking anyone who has seen Taylor and Brianna Williams together in Jacksonville in the last six months to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500.

    When asked if Brianna Williams is considered a person of interest in her daughter's disappearance, Sheriff Williams said "Nothing's off the table."

    3:10 P.M. UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sheriff Mike Williams will be holding a news conference at police headquarters located at 4 p.m. on missing child Taylor Williams. 

    2 P.M. UPDATE: Three sources tell Action News Jax that it has been weeks since 5-year-old Taylor Williams was last seen.

    We are still working with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to confirm these new details.

    5:15 A.M. UPDATE: The Amber Alert for Taylor Williams, 5, of Jacksonville, has been in effect for more than 24 hours. Her mother told police she last saw Taylor at midnight Wednesday at their Brentwood home. 

    Police said Thursday morning the Amber Alert is still in effect and the search continues.

    NEW: Photos of Taylor Williams, Jacksonville girl at center of statewide Amber Alert

    Action News Jax has seen investigators at both search locations: Taylor's home on Ivy Street and on the Southside at the Southside Villas apartment complex where Taylor and her family recently moved from over the weekend.

    The locations are 16 miles apart.

    Pictures taken at the Southside location appear to show slippers police wore when they went inside an apartment looking for clues in disappearance of Taylor. Bags, including biohazard bags were seen outside one of the apartments.  

    PHOTOS: Police looking for clues in Taylor's disappearance at Jacksonville apartment complex

    The city of Jacksonville said more than 100 police officers, firefighters, search dogs, dive teams, mounted police, drone units and volunteers are assisting to help find her.

    Nov. 6, 2019: Day 1 in search for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams

    An Amber Alert has been issued for missing 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams out of Jacksonville, Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    Police say she was last seen in her bedroom at her home around 12 a.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Ivy Street in the Brentwood area.

    Action News Jax obtained the missing persons report filed with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Taylor's disappearance.

    Taylor's mother, Brianna S. Williams, who we have confirmed is a Petty Officer 1st Class at NAS Jacksonville, told police she put Taylor to bed around midnight. Williams told police when she woke up at 7 a.m., she did not see Taylor in her bedroom and the back door was unlocked.

    Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants. She is 3 feet tall and weighs 50 pounds. If you see her or know of her whereabouts, you are asked to call police at 904-630-0500.

    In a briefing, police said they expanded their search and manpower to include over 100 officers and have asked for help from other agencies, including the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. 

    Officers have been going door-to-door in the Brentwood neighborhood and have a helicopter to get an aerial view to aid in the massive search.

    At 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, police confirmed with Action News Jax that they've expanded their search to Southside Villas, an apartment complex on Southside Boulevard, in relation to the search for the missing girl. 

    Taylor used to live in the complex with her family and the Sheriff's Office said she's familiar with the area. JSO set up a mobile command center in the Southside neighborhood where they are searching for Taylor Williams.

    Around 3:25 p.m, crews with the JSO Dive Team arrived at the Southside location, as well as two JSO trucks, a small boat and ATV/tractor type vehicle. We saw them searching nearby water in the area for Taylor.

    At 4 p.m., Sky Action News Jax spotted a dumpster being transported from the Southside Villas apartment complex. The dumpster was followed to Superior Enterprise of Jax, Inc., where the contents were emptied.

    The search for Taylor continued into the night. When asked if Taylor's mom Brianna S. Williams is a person of interest in the girl's disappearance, JSO Chief T.K. Waters said Williams is "downtown as a mother that's concerned for her daughter." 

    Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson said the first 12 hours are critical when searching for a child, in a situation like this, because evidence can disappear in a 12-hour period and clues could be lost that can help find them. 

    Action News Jax spoke to the missing child's great-grandmother who told us the family is "torn up" over Taylor's disappearance. 

    It didn't take long for the community to step up and help in the search for Taylor. We came across volunteers, including a man from Folkston, Georgia, who just want to see Taylor come home. 

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