HOUSTON – On Friday, a judge raised the bond to $1.5 million for a woman who is accused of leaving her three children abandoned in an apartment with their sibling’s skeletal remains.
Before the hearing, 35-year-old Gloria Williams’ bond had been set at $900,000. But Friday, a judge believed Williams’ bond for the injury to a child by seriously bodily injury charge was “insufficient,” and raised it from $350,000 to $1 million.
Williams bond for all three charges, which include injury to a child - seriously bodily injury, injury to a child by omission and tampering with a human corpse; now totals $1,550,000.
“I am satisfied. We can’t seek no bond in this case, per the Texas Constitution, and I believe the judge did take into consideration all of the factors and community safety,” Andrea Beall with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said.
During the court hearing Friday, the prosecutors also presented new evidence, which included how Williams was able to finance both apartments, one of which was fully furnished.
Beall said Williams was receiving about $2,000 worth of government assistance on behalf of three of her children, including 8-year-old Kendrick Lee whose skeletal remains were left in the abandoned apartment for 11 months.
Prosecutors added that Williams continued to receive payments for Kendrick after his death in November 2020.
Williams’ bond conditions include committing no crimes that could result in an arrest, obeying a curfew, GPS monitoring and not having contact with her boyfriend and co-defendant, Brian Coulter.
Coulter is also charged in connection with the case. He is currently charged with murder in connection to William’s 8-year-old son. His bond was set at $1 million, which is slightly lower than Williams’.