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Wis. parents charged with neglect in girl's drowning death

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The parents of a 3-year-old Reena Mae Williams, who accidentally drowned in Danbury last month, are now charged with neglect in her death. The parents of a 3-year-old Reena Mae Williams, who accidentally drowned in Danbury last month, are now charged with neglect in her death.
Online court records show 33-year-old Jenna Danish and 42-year-old Thomas Jay Williams were charged Friday in Burnett County with felony child neglect resulting in death. Online court records show 33-year-old Jenna Danish and 42-year-old Thomas Jay Williams were charged Friday in Burnett County with felony child neglect resulting in death.
DANBURY, Wis. (KMSP) -

The parents of a 3-year-old girl who accidentally drowned in Danbury last month are now charged with neglect in her death.

Online court records show 33-year-old Jenna Danish and 42-year-old Thomas Jay Williams were charged Friday in Burnett County with felony child neglect resulting in death.

The body of their daughter, Reena Mae Williams, was found Aug. 15 in a canal near her home after she went missing the evening before. A neighbor had earlier seen the girl walking in the street.

"That was just appalling -- that she could go missing and get returned, then be missing again an hour later," Diana Naylor recalled. "I was sick. I couldn't go to work the next day because all I could think about that day was what if? Maybe we would have called police; maybe she would have lived."

Naylor was one of the last people to see Reena alive. The sheriff's department was eventually called, and hundreds of volunteers turned out to help search near the family's home.

Officials told FOX 9 News they believe Danish and Williams are now on the lam. Officers with the Burnett County Sheriff's Office have been coming by the home, located just down the road from the canal where the girl drowned, but the couple has not yet been found. 

"I just hope they come forward instead of running and face up to what they did," Naylor said. "Maybe get some help for themselves, because they obviously need it."

Naylor told FOX 9 News that she saw Danish drinking at a casino with friends the day after Reena's body was discovered. 

The local newspaper in Danbury published quotes from court papers filed in the case, which claim the home was a dangerous place for a 3-year-old because drugs -- mostly synthetic marijuana -- were found inside.

Online court records do not list defense attorneys for Danish or Williams.

 

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