The stepmother of a 2-year-old found encased in concrete in Bowman has pleaded guilty, while the child's father is still awaiting trial.
Grace Trotman pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse and desecration of human remains in connection with the death of Rodricus Fred Williams, according to WCSC in Charleston. A charge of unlawful conduct toward a child was dropped.
In exchange, the state is recommending a sentence of 20 years in prison if she cooperates with their investigations into other cases and testifies in court.
The child's father, Roger Williams, is still awaiting trial on a charge of homicide by child abuse, unlawful conduct toward a child and desecration of human remains, among other charges, according to the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office website.
Rodricus had been staying with his father and Trotman in July 2010 when his mother unexpectedly called wanting to see her son, police said. Rodricus' mother was told she could pick him up at the Battery in Charleston.
The couple claimed the boy had fallen from the Battery into Charleston Harbor. A 10-hour search was abruptly called off, however, with authorities turning their attention to the Bowman area.
Behind an abandoned trailer just off Interstate 26, they discovered a trash can filled with concrete. A farmer was enlisted to help lift the trash can with a backhoe.
Inside the trash can, they found the child.
Rodricus had been admitted to a Charleston hospital several times and had been beaten before, police officials said.
Police said Williams demanded that his girlfriend not seek treatment for the toddler when she called and told him he needed medical attention, and also did not seek treatment for the child.