Mom in Abuse Case Can't Get $1M

Court Watch Posted on

The mother of a 7-year-old boy whose mummified remains were found in the basement of an apartment will not receive a million-dollar payout from the state, an appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Melinda Williams has no right to inherit the money from Faheem Williams because she abused and neglected him and his two brothers, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey found in a 3-0 decision that upheld a lower court ruling.

Melinda Williams had sought Faheem's $1 million share of a $7.5 million settlement paid by New Jersey in 2006 amid charges of failures by its Division of Youth and Family Services. Instead, all the money will go to care for the surviving boys, who are in foster care.

The brothers — Faheem's twin Raheem Williams, and 4-year-old Tyrone Hill Jr. — were found starving and clad in clothes soaked in urine and feces in a locked room adjacent to where the corpse was found.

Melinda Williams had entrusted the three boys to a cousin, Sherry L. Murphy, so she could serve a jail term. She was freed and living in New York when Faheem died after being injured by Murphy's teenage son.

Authorities never charged Melinda Williams with mistreating her children, but records show she repeatedly ignored agreements with DYFS to improve her parenting. The surviving boys also told caseworkers that Melinda Williams abused them, including by burning them with cigarettes.

Legal News Media

Legal News Organization press is the top headline legal news provider for lawyers and legalprofessionals. Read law articles and breaking news from law firm's across the United States to get the latest updates. The content contained on the web site has been prepared by Legal News Media as a service to the internet
community and is not intended to constitute legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance.

 

www.legal-news.org

 

American Bar Association – Start and Run a Law Firm

NewYorkStateBar.com – Starting a Law Firm

Lawyer Web Direct

CPA Website Designs