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Aunt of missing 5-year-old speaks out about mother's behavior over the past few months

Posted at 10:24 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 10:27:08-05

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The aunt of the missing 5-year-old girl from Jacksonville says the child's mother was involved with a man who may know more about her disappearance.

First Coast News is reporting that the aunt of missing Taylor Williams said she hasn't seen her niece in two and a half years.

Tonisha Williams said her sister, Brianna Williams didn’t completely cut off communication with their family, but Brianna wouldn’t answer texts from them for months.

“The only way we would hear from her is if we were reaching out to her," Tonisha said. "We were asking, ‘how y’all doing? How is Taylor? Send me pictures... I never got it. It was always an excuse and now this. None of it is making sense.”

Tonisha said they have no idea where Taylor could be. She told First Coast News over the phone at the last meeting her family had with detectives, they tried calling Brianna twice and she didn’t answer.

“I sent her a [text] message asking, ‘Bri, what’s wrong? We’re here for you. You can talk to me," Tonisha said. "Basically, telling her help me help her find the baby.”

Tonisha said the family never heard back from Brianna Williams since then. First Coast News reports, Tonisha's last conversation with her sister prior to Taylor’s disappearance was in June.

According to Tonisha , her sister told detectives their mom had watched Taylor at the end of October and Brianna picked Taylor up from their mom’s house.

“There’s no way that’s true,” Tonisha said, citing they haven’t seen Taylor in more than two years. “I asked my mom, ‘do you think somebody did something to her because she had this stuck in her mind, "okay I picked Taylor up.'"

“I’ve been trying not to think the worst [about Taylor’s disappearance], but when you know that everything that’s being told is an absolute lie, you have no choice but to think the worst," Tonisha said. "I don’t believe in my heart that she has done anything to Taylor. I just feel like she knows what has happened to her and it’s almost like she’s willing to take the fall for it. Whatever it is.”

Tonisha said she thinks her sister was involved with a man over the past six months who may know more about Taylor’s disappearance, according to First Coast News.

Tonisha also said she did think it was “strange” that her sister wasn’t searching for Taylor and that she returned to work the day after reporting her missing.