|Birth: ||Jun. 13, 1995|
|Death: ||Jul. 26, 2004|
Davontae Marcel Williams, 9, passed away Monday, July 26, 2004, in Arlington.
FORT WORTH -- Friends and relatives gathered over the weekend to say goodbye to 9-year-old Davontae Williams, whose lifeless, emaciated and bruised body was found in his mother's North Texas apartment.
Davontae weighed just 35 pounds, about half the average weight for a child his age, when his body was found July 26. His 23-year-old mother, Marcella Williams, and her partner, Lisa Ann Coleman, 28, remained in the Tarrant County Jail on charges of serious injury to a child.
The 80 people who attended the boy's funeral on Saturday thanked God for allowing him to finally rest and asked God to calm their troubled hearts.
"I'm just happy this day is finally over and he's in a better place," Lisa Coleman's aunt, Connie Coleman, said in Sunday's editions of The Dallas Morning News. "God loves him more than we did."
Child Protective Services investigated Davontae's family six times before he died, but Marcella Williams frequently moved her family to avoid caseworkers, the agency said.
Friends described Marcella Williams as wary of authority, especially hospitals, doctors or anyone who could lead her family back to CPS, which took custody of Davontae and his sister for 11 months in 1999 and 2000.
Still, Angela Coleman, Lisa Coleman's 19-year-old cousin, said Marcella Williams has denied killing Davontae.
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Record added: Aug 02, 2004
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