Not guilty pleas have been entered for the Kingman man who is charged in the death of his girlfriend’s young son. Cory Williams, 26, appeared for arraignment on November 10 before Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen.
Williams is charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of manslaughter. The charges stem from the August 8 death of Trent Stotser, and injuries that the three-year-old boy suffered.
The victim’s mother, Tiffany Stotser, 27, is charged with child abuse for failing to seek medical attention for Trent.
Police reports indicate Williams had been caring for Trent when he was rushed to Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC)in the early evening of August 6. Trent was flown to a Las Vegas hospital where it was determined he had a skull fracture and no brain activity before he died two days later.
An autopsy concluded that it was a blunt force trauma head injury suffered on August 6 that resulted in Trent’s death on August 8. But police reports and text messages indicated that Trent, who suffered from Down Syndrome, suffered previous injuries that are part of the focus of the case investigation.
Reports indicated Trent was treated at KRMC for a fractured left wrist on April 28. And text messages between Stotser and Williams indicated the mother suspected Trent had suffered another serious injury on August 5, the day before the fatal injury is believed to have been inflicted.
“You have to be more careful with that Cory. I think his arm is broken again,” Stotser said in a text to Williams. “I can’t take him to the hospital here a month later and another broken wrist. They are going to take him and Danica (Trent’s older sister) away from me.”
The child abuse charge against Stotser is for failing to seek medical attention for the August 5 injury. Williams faces that charge as well for August 5, plus child abuse and manslaughter for the fatal injury to the back of Trent’s head on August 6.
Text messages Stotser sent to Williams the evening of August 6 reflected the mother knew her son’s prognosis was grave.
“Babe I’m so scared. He isn’t breathing on his own,” one message said. “My kid is going to die.”
Stotser is to be arraigned on November 17. Williams next faces a case managment conference on December 2.