Brian Coulter and Gloria Williams have been charged in their connection to the murder and abandonment of four children. Coulter was charged with murder of the 8-year-old boy, while Williams was charged with felony injury to a child by omission and tampering with evidence.
A judge set Coulter’s bond at $1 million on Wednesday, and he is going to remain in police custody. He is not allowed to have any contact with Williams or the children and is being put on a 24-hour watch.
Gloria Williams’ bond was set at $900,000 but charges against both Williams and Coulter could be upgraded.
According to police, officers became aware of the situation earlier in the week when the 15-year-old child of Gloria Williams called the sheriff’s department and told officers that his brother was dead.
The 8-year-old’s skeletal remains were found in the Houston, Texas home along with his three surviving siblings, 15, 10 , and 7-years-old. The coroner’s office puts the boy’s time of death at around Thanksgiving 2020. According to the children, Williams and Coulter hadn’t been living with them for several months and they had been surviving on their own.
The 15-year-old boy had been taking care of his younger siblings, and according to reports he texted his mother before calling 911 and said that he couldn’t take it anymore.
According to reports, Coulter and Williams moved to another apartment 25 minutes away in Harris County after living with the dead body for a couple months.
“This particular case is gross… from what we expected … very emotional difficult and taxing on law enforcement… surviving children get the help that they need,” prosecutor Andrea Beall said.
The 8-year-old has since been identified as Williams’ son, Kenrick Lee. It is believed that Coulter beat the boy to death last Thanksgiving in front of his brothers before the two adults covered the body with a blanket and then left the apartment after several months.
The police investigation revealed that Coulter had been abusing the boys for some time. A couple weeks before police arrived, Coulter had returned to the house and broken one of the boy’s jaws. That child never received medical attention and will now be getting surgery to fix his face.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez described the apartment as filthy with no furniture or bedding. It was reported that Brian Coulter sometimes provided food for the boys, but it was mostly junk food and soda.
Neighbors were shocked to find out about the situation in the Harris County apartment. According to some, they only thought the 15-year-old boy lived there. They knew nothing of the body or the other children.
One neighbor said the older boy would routinely charge his phone in her apartment, because the electricity had been turned off at his home. Another found him sleeping outside and bought him food.
“He was sleeping on the slide and I asked him if he was hungry. I brought him some food and drinks,” she said. “I woke him up. He was going to eat then go back home.”
According to neighbors, building inspectors had been coming around to apartments to ask residents if they needed any work done. They never went to the apartment where the boys lived. One neighbor said that the smell coming from the apartment was so bad that she couldn’t turn on her air conditioning. She reported the decaying smell to apartment management, but it was never investigated.
“It’s just so strange how a whole body could be in a house for a whole year with nobody coming in or out and seeing it,” Issac Ford, 54, said.
Melody Robinson, a grandmother to one of Gloria Williams’ six children has since spoken out after the horrifying ordeal. She said, “Our job as a mother is to protect our children,” she said. “She failed that baby. She failed her kids, let me say that, in that area. She did not protect her children.”
Robinson is grateful that she fought for custody of her 13-year-old granddaughter, who she’s had since the girl was 2, and is saddened by the horrors that the girl’s half brothers had to deal with.
The three boys are currently in the custody of child protective services.