The Mississauga woman charged with the death of her toddler spent most of her Thursday court appearance with her eyes shut and her hands clenched in fists, not making eye contact with anyone.
Teresa Amelia Williams, 24, didn’t acknowledge the Brampton court judge when he tried numerous times to address her and except for a brief smile mid-proceeding, Ms. Williams remained emotionless, swaying back and forth slightly.
Ms. Williams had to be pulled into the courtroom by several police officers and didn’t make eye contact even with her mother, brother or the father of her child, all three of whom were in court.
Ms. Williams is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Evadne Williams-Scott, who was two years and nine months when she was found Tuesday.
Evadne is Peel Region’s first homicide victim of 2013, police said.
Police were called to a townhouse unit in Mississauga Tuesday afternoon after hearing reports of a disturbance. They found a woman on the snowy balcony, in bare feet, throwing things. She refused entry, police said, and they had to force their way in.
In the townhouse complex, Peel Regional Police Acting Inspector Randy Cowan told reporters, investigators found the lifeless body of Evadne. She was showing “obvious signs of trauma,” he said Wednesday.
“The mother of the girl is in custody,” the officer said. “Every homicide is tragic. Of course, a two-year-old victim is an innocent victim.”
Acting Inspector Cowan said police had to use a Taser-type weapon to subdue the woman, who was hysterical and alone with the deceased.
Ms. Williams was remanded into custody for a psychiatric assessment on Wednesday and only police tape and a single bouquet of red roses sat at the bottom of the steps to the unit with a card attached addressed to “Little Angel.”
Evadne’s father, Wendell Scott, was in tears at the court Wednesday.
His pastor, Sina Osunmakinwa of the Celestial Church of Christ, told reporters Wednesday that Mr. Scott hasn’t seen his “Little Angel” in two years.
On Thursday, Mr. Scott was more composed, only saying, “She’s the mother of my child.”
He stood up to get a better view of Ms. Williams when she was brought in and left almost immediately after, missing the rest of the proceedings.
Ms. Williams hasn’t yet retained a lawyer, but the duty lawyer Christine Lund, who visited Ms. Williams in the morning, told the court there hasn’t been “much communication.”
Judge Robert Kelly stressed the appearance wasn’t a bail hearing and signed off on an additional, five-day psychiatric evaluation.
Ms. Williams’ next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, pending the results of her assessment.
Judge Kelly urged caution going forward, telling the courtroom when it comes to determining whether Ms. Williams is fit to stand trial, “It’s entirely unclear which direction this case is going to take.”