They ended up in 2003 in Texas.
While missing, the mother was charged in Oklahoma with a felony, child abuse. Based on a DHS worker's statement, prosecutors alleged the mother abused her daughter by subjecting the girl “to unwarranted sexual abuse examinations on multiple occasions.”
DHS workers suggested the mother had a mental illness, Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
A parent with the unusual mental condition will make a child sick or try to mislead others into believing the child is sick for the attention.
Williams was arrested in Texas in October 2004 while leaving church. Her daughter was not with her. Because she feared she was about to be arrested, she had arranged for the girl to be cared for by others.
The child abuse charge was dropped in July 2005. But the mother was held in Sequoyah County jail until December 2005 for contempt of court. She was released after providing information about her daughter. The girl was found shortly afterward living with a couple in Texas.
The girl was returned to Oklahoma. Since then, she has lived with her father, in foster homes and with her mother.
The mother filed two federal lawsuits, dismissing the first in November 2009 shortly before trial. In the second lawsuit, she made several accusations. The second lawsuit originally named 26 defendants including then-Gov. Brad Henry and DHS Director Howard Hendrick.
Her chief accusation was that a rogue DHS worker covered up evidence of her daughter's molestation because the worker was friends with her ex-husband's influential family. She alleged the worker told a counselor, “They're just trying to frame an innocent man.”
She alleged the DHS worker manufactured evidence she was mentally ill. She alleged others tried to cover up the misconduct and later retaliated against her because of the negative publicity.
An oversight state agency, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, at one point issued a confidential report critical of how DHS initially investigated the case.
The mother's attorney, Ty Clevenger of Texas, said last week, “I get angry just thinking about this stuff.”