Forum Communications, Published September 24 2012
Parents of Wis. 3-year-old who drowned face charges
Reena’s disappearance Aug. 14 sparked a massive search. Her body was found in a canal 25 yards from the family’s home the next day.
Williams and Danish have each been charged with a single count of child neglect resulting in death.
The complaint in the case, filed Friday, alleges that Williams was a regular drug user who smoked synthetic marijuana shortly before Reena disappeared.
According to the complaint, witnesses reported seeing Reena wandering alone up to 1½ miles away from home several times in the months before her death. A neighbor had brought Reena home about 5 p.m. Aug. 14 after finding Reena walking alone a half-mile from home.
Reena was then reported missing shortly before 7 p.m. Her body was found in a canal shortly before 5 p.m. Aug. 15.
Arrest warrants were issued for Williams and Danish on Friday. Burnett County Sheriff's officials say the two turned themselves in Sunday.