Takesha Williams and Efrem Allen reportedly left baby to rot in bed

Takesha Williams, left, and Efrem Allen are facing charges in the death of their baby, who was left to rot in her bed, authorities said. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

In what a Florida sheriff has called the worst case he has ever seen, a couple are accused of leaving their 3-year-old boy to rot in a coma in his bed after authorities discovered his lifeless body and ulcerative with gaping wounds, no rectum and a hole with visible intestines, spine and colon.

Takesha Williams, 24, and Efrem Allen, Jr., 25, were jailed for negligent child abuse causing serious harm resulting in the death of a 3-year-old child, officials said. The charges were upgraded on Friday to minor manslaughter.

The baby, who has not been identified, was found on May 12 without a pulse and connected to a ventilator when Bartow Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call from the mother saying the child’s heart rate monitor was not working properly . He had been treated at home after a near-drowning accident in the summer of 2020 at a vacation home in Davenport, Florida, officials said.

“They left this baby to rot and die in his bed,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference after the arrests. “I did this for five decades. I have seen thousands of children abused, hundreds of children murdered at the hands of parents. I have never seen the horror that we saw with this poor child in the hands of these two people.

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