Details Emerge in Case of Child Neglect

By: Ashley Fielder
By: Ashley Fielder
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“What's going on? It's all I'm thinking, is what's going on?” Said Alexis Richard.

Alexis Richard can't understand what happened at the Williford home, where she once spent so much time.

“It shocks and it scares me all in one,” said Richard.

She used to babysit the kids almost everyday, until she says Lisa Williford fell on hard times.

“I wasn't getting paid, so I said I wouldn’t watch her kids.”

So Alexis quit at the end of April. Lisa Williford told her it was fine, that she'd found another sitter.

But according to police reports that's just the time when Lisa started leaving her five young children alone to fend for themselves.

“The oldest didn't know how to take care of a baby, I know because he would try to help me.”

And police reports show just that. When officers arrived at the house Wednesday, the baby was in a crib, malnourished and his diaper had't been changed in two days. Doctors fear permanent damage.

“He's the kind of baby that everyone wants, that sweet child.”

Alexis has one wish for the kids she grew to love.

“That they don't get split up, I don't want them to get split up.”

The 18 month old baby remains in stable condition at Memorial Hospital.

The other four children are in the care of Department of Human Services.

Their mother, Lisa Williford, is charged with felony child abuse and is out on bond.

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