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Man, girlfriend charged with homicide by abuse

Jul 8, 2010 10:56:00 PM - thestate.com

When Roger Anthony Williams learned his 2-year-old son was in medical distress, he refused to get the boy help and forbade his girlfriend from contacting a doctor, authorities said Thursday.

Rodricus Williams died as a result, investigators said.

Roger Williams and girlfriend Grace Nichole Trotman then wrapped the his son ’s lifeless body in garbage bags and stuffed him into a plastic trash can, which they filled with 400 pounds of concrete, Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt said.

The pair dumped the waste can behind an abandoned mobile home in Orangeburg County and concocted a tale about the boy falling into Charleston Harbor on Tuesday while strolling along The Battery sea wall, DeWitt said. The boy’s alleged fall occurred as his mother was heading to town to see him, he said.