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Ex-soldier admits he never sought doctors for daughter

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 07:46 p.m. HST, Apr 02, 2014

Former Schofield Barracks soldier Naeem Williams, in his second day on the witness stand, said he never consulted a doctor to find out why his daughter Talia had trouble with bladder and bowel control.  

Williams, 34, is on trial in U.S. District Court for capital murder for the July 16, 2005, child abuse beating death of 5-year-old Talia. He is facing the death penalty. 

Williams testified Tuesday that he started physically disciplining his daughter for soiling herself in late-December 2004. This morning he said that he never consulted a doctor to find out why Talia was soiling herself.

"That's something I should have looked into," he said.

A doctor who had examined Talia when she was still living in South Carolina said Talia couldn't tell if and when she needed to use the bathroom.

Williams also said he brought his daughter into his household at a time when there was a lot of tension between him and his wife.

"I brought Talia to a, into a somewhat chaotic environment. My house wasn't fit for her to come at that time," he said.

In retrospect, he said he wished he would have told his grandmother, who was caring for Talia in South Carolina, and his mother that Talia shouldn't come to Hawaii to live with him and his wife.

Williams said he and his wife Delilah started beating Talia because of her bathroom accidents. But later, he said it seemed as though they were beating Talia in frustration over the conflicts in their own relationship.

"It's like all of our issues were being directed towards Talia," he said.

Williams was on the witness stand to talk about beating his daughter Talia with a plastic ruler and a belt, when the judge overseeing the trial said Wednesday that it seems he was coached on how to testify. 

When Williams started reflecting on what would have happened if he didn't bring Talia to live with him in Hawaii, the prosecution objected and U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright quickly sent out the jury.

Seabright said "retrospective" testimony is "very prejudicial to the government" and it seems Williams was coached because his testimony mirrors his defense attorney's opening statement.

Prosecutors say Talia suffered months of abuse at the hands of her father and stepmother during the seven months the child lived with them. But they say that it was Williams who dealt a fatal blow so hard that it left knuckle impressions on the child's chest.

The prosecution's final witness, the medical examiner who conducted Talia's autopsy, completed her testimony last week. Dr. Kanthi De Alwis said Talia had a multitude of fresh and healing injuries, including a dislocated shoulder and fractured ribs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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k9mom wrote:
"When Williams started reflecting on what would have happened if he didn't bring Talia to live with him in Hawaii... ." Seriously, what would have happened if HE didn't bring Talia back to Hawaii to live with him?!?!? Maybe this little girl might still be alive right now? Maybe she would not have had to suffer and endure all those years of horrendous physical, emotional, psychological abuse by this man and his wife. The facts of this case breaks my heart.
on April 2,2014 | 12:22PM
ellinaskyrt wrote:
The way I understand it, an attorney may prepare her client for the witness stand in terms of what kind of questions to expect and help them keep their memory fresh by pointing out facts or showing them documents or records of their previous statements. However, preparation crosses the line to coaching when the client is told how to answer the questions outright or if the client is counselled to tell the story so that the testimony either presents complete falsehood or obfuscates the truth.
on April 2,2014 | 01:31PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Not sure why the judge's comments would be news here. Are not all accused coached in how to respond when on the stand?
on April 2,2014 | 12:28PM
ryan02 wrote:
I always thought so, too. Like the way defendants always give a "non-apology" to avoid admitting guilt. You know a lawyer told them exactly what to say. Also, while I hope this guy is convicted. it is POSSIBLE he wasn't coached. I'm guessing he was present in the courtroom when his lawyer made the opening statements, and after hearing them he thought to himself, "Hey, that's a good one!"
on April 2,2014 | 01:03PM
ryan02 wrote:
How is it even relevant (to use a legal term, maybe incorrectly) whether he was "prepared" to raise a child? He insisted on doing it, whether he was "prepared" or not. But the bigger problem is, what difference does it make? He KILLED a child -- his preparedness, or not, for raising a child has nothing to do with murder. The alternative to being "prepared" is NOT to murder the poor kid. Sounds like "I wasn't prepared for fatherhood" is an excuse for murder that the lawyer is making up. I sincerely hope society isn't going to accept that excuse for killing a child.
on April 2,2014 | 01:00PM
lookup wrote:
At this point i dont think they are trying to determine his guilt... he admits to the brutality that caused the murder. What they are doing is laying down the facts to determine if he gets a life or a death sentence as his punishment.
on April 2,2014 | 02:20PM
aomohoa wrote:
He just die exactly the way this poor child did.
on April 2,2014 | 09:21PM
jotobuddy123 wrote:
This individual, I mean scumbag, needs to die a slow and painful death. Anyone that could do this to a child needs to suffer. His douche bag wife needs the same fate. Utterly disgusting!
on April 2,2014 | 02:58PM
Ronin006 wrote:
I am surprised Williams has not used PTSD as an excuse for what he did. It seems like everyone who has ever served in Iraq or Afghanistan has it been used as an excuse by many who subsequently got in trouble with the law.
on April 2,2014 | 07:32PM
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