28th Oct 2016
TRAHERNE Williams, 21, made no plea or declaration as he was accused of murdering Sophia Williams during an appearance at Livingston Sheriff Court.
A 21-year-old man has appeared in court charged with murdering a three-month-old baby.
Williams made no plea or declaration at his private appearance at Livingston Sheriff Court today. He was committed for further examination and released on bail.
An 18-year-old woman who was arrested in the case has been freed from custody pending further inquiries.
A Crown Office spokesman said: “The procurator fiscal received a report concerning an 18-year-old woman in connection with an alleged incident said to have occurred on May 30 2016. After full and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, she was liberated from custody pending further inquiries and did not appear in court. The case against her remains live and under consideration.” SOURCE
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25 Jul 2016
THE cop who nailed Liam Fee’s murderers has been drafted in to probe the mystery death of a baby in care.
Detective Inspector Rory Hamilton will investigate how three-month-old Sophia Williams passed away in a council support unit.
The senior sleuth — hailed for bringing evil Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee to justice for killing little Liam — confirmed police are now treating Sophia’s case as “suspicious”.
Det Insp Hamilton said: “Our investigation continues as we work towards establishing the full set of circumstances that led to Sophia’s death.”
We told how the tot lost her fight for life six days after she was found unconscious at the Strathbrock family support centre, 47 WEST MAIN STREET, BROXBURN, EH52 5RL
Her death in May was initially treated as unexplained but it’s believed further tests have now established foul play as a possible cause.
Last night a source called it an “unusual case”, adding: “The baby was found in a care home, where you don’t expect things like this. Normally the post-mortem would identify a cause of death but it was inconclusive. Other tests would have been carried out in an effort to confirm what caused her death. As it’s now been deemed the death is suspicious the inquiry team must have an idea of what happened.”
Liam’s mum Trelfa, 31, and her partner Fee, 29, were convicted of killing the two-year-old at home in Thornton, Fife, in March 2014 and horrifically abusing two boys of seven.
Trelfa was caged for a minimum 23½ years and Fee for at least 24 years at the High Court in Edinburgh last month. SOURCE
5 Jun 2016
A three-month-old baby who was left in a serious condition after an incident at a family support centre in West Lothian has died. Emergency services were called to Strathbrock homeless facility in West Main Street, Broxburn, on Monday after concerns were raised. Sophia Williams was taken to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh. Police said she had died there on Sunday. The death is being treated by officers as “unexplained”.
Ch Insp Stevie Dolan said: “First and foremost, I wish to pass on my sincere condolences to Sophia’s family. This is an extremely tragic case and we are treating her death as unexplained at this time. I can, however, offer my personal reassurance that a thorough police investigation is now under way in order to establish the full set of circumstances that led up to her untimely passing.” SOURCE
3rd June 2016
The 12-week-old child was discovered unconscious at Strathbrock Family Unit before being transferred to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children
Strathbrock Family Unit in Broxburn, West Lothian
A 12-week-old baby girl is fighting for her life in hospital after being found seriously injured at a unit for homeless families. The tiny child was discovered unconscious at the facility in Broxburn, West Lothian yesterday. She was transferred to hospital in Livingston then the Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital after emergency services were called to Strathbrock Family Unit.
The care home, run by West Lothian Council, was sealed off by police who launched an immediate investigation into the incident, reports the Daily Record.
A spokesman said: “A baby girl is in a serious condition after taking unwell in Broxburn.
“Local officers are liaising with medical staff and with family members as they work towards establishing the full set of circumstances.”
A West Lothian Council spokesperson said: “Emergency services attended a council-run homeless facility for families in Broxburn on Monday, 30 May, after concern was raised over the health of a child. It is not appropriate to comment further at this time, as it is a police matter.” SOURCE