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Mother charged with murder for deaths of her children

Apr 13, 2022 12:00AM ● By Yuba County Sheriff's Department Media Release

LINDA, CA (MPG) – Yuba County Sheriff Detectives arrested a 26-year-old mother, identified as Courtney Williams, for the alleged homicide of her two young children at their Linda home just before noon Thursday, April 7.

The Yuba County Sheriff dispatch center received a 911 call from the father of the children at approximately 11:45 A.M. Thursday morning, reporting possible drownings at their home in the 6100 block of Sunshine Avenue in Linda. (The call was transferred from Beale Air Force Base due to cell tower routing but did not involve the base or USAF personnel.)

Deputies responded to the home and discovered the unresponsive infant and toddler in the bathroom. Deputies immediately began CPR, but despite attempts at life saving measures, both children were declared dead at the scene.

Investigators initially learned that the father of the children returned home from work just before noon for lunch, when his wife, Courtney, allegedly told him that she had hurt the children. When he searched the home, he found the two young boys, ages 5 months and 2 1/2-years-old, unresponsive in the bathtub full of water. At this time, detectives believe the apparent drowning of the boys was intentional. The investigation is still in the very early stages and continues to be active and ongoing at this time.

“The tragic loss of 5-month-old Holden and his 2 1/2-year-old brother Ronin reverberates throughout our department and into the community,” said Yuba County Sheriff Wendell Anderson. “There are no words to adequately describe the sadness we feel for the family at this time.”

UPDATE AS OF APRIL 13: Yuba County District Attorney Clint Curry filed charges Monday morning, April 11, against Courtney Roxanne Williams, age 25, for the murder of her sons, Ronin Williams, age 2, and Holden Williams, age 5 months.

The complaint alleges two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse resulting in death. Mrs. Williams faces a maximum penalty of life without the possibility of parole. She remains in custody and was arraigned in Yuba County Superior Court on Monday at 3 P.M.