Details Emerge in Case of Child Neglect

By: Ashley Fielder
By: Ashley Fielder

“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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  • by trace on Nov 20, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    hello,my thing is i think im gonna continue to pray for this girl so that she gets the help that she needs even if this girl does go to prison. or what ever happens to this girl.
  • by td Location: colorado on Oct 12, 2007 at 08:03 AM
    hello, if the mother could not find a baby sitter then how come the boyfriend new about this and did not tell her to go home and incourage her? one thing is the mom did the best thing for her kids like did a open adoption.
  • by rachel Location: colorado on Aug 7, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    Gayla in Austin TX if you are so concerned about your brother's children you should be contacting the authorities to find out what you can do for them instead of 'wondering' where they will go. After all they are your family.
  • by anonymous Location: colorado on Jul 16, 2007 at 05:02 PM
    wow'maybe her boyfriend should have told her to go home and spend some time with her kid's or checked out c-cap that could of helped her while she was looking for another day job.
  • by Anonymous Location: United States on Jun 10, 2007 at 08:39 PM
    The reason the parents of the youngest 3 children had split up - the mother was communicating romantically with men in prison during the last year or more of marriage. (by the way this is also how she met her last husband) She wanted out of the relationship and didn't care if it hurt the kids or not. This woman has serious "issues". The children end up suffering because the person(s) who are supposed to care for them above all else cared mainly about themselves. This I happen to know. That is all that I will say. Clue: 5 children, 3 fathers (the last 4 were one per year). The last father stuck around longer than the previous 2 had. Self-absorbed people shouldn't be allowed to breed unless it is for the benefit of those who are unable to do so themselves. Don't kid yourselves about what has really gone on here. Let's hope the children go into loving homes.
  • by Bill Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 6, 2007 at 03:36 AM
    I know what these kids are going through. As a child I already lived it. There will be long term dammage both physically and mentally.
  • by Lara Location: Pueblo on Jun 4, 2007 at 07:36 PM
    I can understand hard times, and I can understand having to work. What I don't understand is what was going on after work. I work all day... but then I come home. Why wasn't the baby changed? The filth picked up? It sounds like she didn't come home for days and days...
  • by me Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:47 AM
    I hope Alexis does not have any guilt about this. I've been a nanny and work with young children everyday, and I know the guilt that can go with these situations. Alexis, I applaud you for the loving care you bestowed on those kids and doing what you can right now to stick up for them. You probably gave them the love and care they never recieved from mom and they will remember that.
  • by Stephanie Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    This is extremely heart renching and sad. I'm a young, single mother myself and I could never even imagine neglecting my child and especially to the point that these children were. If I could, I would take those children in a heart beat. I just sincerely hope that they stay together and that they get well.
  • by Not falling for it Location: colorado springs on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:01 AM
    You people have got to be kidding me. I know many women who are having hard times and they do not neglect thier children. Neglect is not even a strong enough word. The things those poor children went through was because of someones laziness, not because she was trying. I bet there is not one shred of proof that she even tried to find another sitter or any help for that matter. Even if you were having the hardest time ever, you can change your baby, get food from a church or shelter. I know about the free resources because I help people get them. I am also a mother of three who works full time, has a clean house, happy kids and food on the table! This woman is free on bond, where did that money come from? She has nothing, the house she was renting cannot be used, it's been condemed. She had to have something, and whatever it was would have been good enough to help with her babies. I hope she goes to jail and those poor babies get the help they need. The emotional scars for all them may be lifelong. Pray for them.
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