SIREN, WI (WSAU) - The parents of the 3-year-old found dead in a northwestern Wisconsin canal have turned themselves in to police. 42-year-old Thomas Jay Williams and 33-year-old Jenna Danish were charged Friday with felony child neglect resulting in death. The couple reported to Burnett County officials at around noon Sunday. Their 3-year-old daughter Reena Mae Williams body was located in a canal a short distance from their rural Danbury house.
Investigators conducted a search of the family’s home, and found several disturbing things. According to the criminal complaint, the windows facing the canal were covered with sheets. officers also found regular and synthetic marijuana, along with paraphernalia in the home.
The complaint also describes the home is surrounded on three sides by water without appropriate fences or safety devices, and that it was not a safe place for a three year old child. Williams was the caretaker of the dam on the property.
A witness claims the couple didn’t pay close attention to the child and were negligent parents. That witness also says Reena was often very dirty, and it was not uncommon for the girl to wander from home and go to the lower dam. That same witness claims the child’s mother was a daily user of mind altering substances.
The complaint also lists two witnesses that had seen the 3-year-old alone or with a dog and no adults in downtown Danbury, about a mile-and-a-half from the family’s home. The dog also appears neglected, with foot and toenail problems, hair loss, and lots of fleas.
The parents are in the Burnett County Jail. An initial court appearance for them is likely to happen today.