Mother Found Guilty Of 3rd-Degree Murder In 3-Year-Old’s Death

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – A woman has been found guilty in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a western Pennsylvania ravine last year.

Twenty-seven-year-old Adrienne Williams is charged in Allegheny County in the June 2015 death of Adrionna Williams. Prosecutors said the girl was asphyxiated and left in a wooded area in Swissvale.

Today, the jury found her guilty of third-degree murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

“You do the crime, you have to do the time, I am not surprised. I wanted justice and we got it,” said Sonja Crosby, the victim’s grandmother.

“I think she’s mad, because she got caught,” said Jarren Crosby, the victim’s father. “She just blacked out or something else was going on with her mind.”

This was the fourth day of jury deliberations. Williams could face between 8 and 40 years in jail.

Just before noon on Thursday the jury said they were deadlocked.

After deliberating for about two hours, the jury asked Judge Anthony Mariani, “What actions need to be taken if deliberations are stalled due to arguments being made without factual support?”

The judge then re-read instructions and ordered the jury to go back and try once again to reach a verdict.

Williams told police she dropped the girl off at her grandmother’s house and went to work, but prosecutors say surveillance video and cellphone records show she drove to and from the spot where the girl’s body was found.

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