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Dad’s bond set at $100K in baby’s death case

Patrick Jamil Williams exits the courtroom at the Eagle County Justice Center on Wednesday after making an initial appearance on charges related to his daughter's death.

EAGLE — A man facing criminal charges in his daughter's death made his first court appearance Wednesday.

Patrick Jamil Williams, 27, was advised that he faces four charges:

• Child abuse causing death, a Class 2 felony carrying a sentence of up to 48 years.

• Child abuse/criminal negligence, a Class 3 felony. Results in the death of a child.

• Two counts of misdemeanor child abuse on the two surviving children.

District Court Judge Paul Dunkelman set Williams' bond at $100,000, twice the minimum amount.

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The infant's mother, Lossie Thomas, 24, faces similar charges in the death of their daughter, Baby Paris Williams. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Thursday.

Williams and Thomas will be represented by the public defender's office.

Baby Paris was 4 months old and weighed 6.4 pounds when she died of pneumonia June 8.

According to court documents, Williams and Thomas have other children together, including one born in June 2011.

At the time the child died, Williams was on a felony bond in a criminal mischief case, said Joe Kirwan, the deputy district attorney working this case.

Minor legal trouble

The two moved from Compton, California, and have had a few brushes with the law since arriving in the Vail Valley.

On Nov. 1, 2012, court documents show misdemeanor domestic violence listing Thomas as the victim and Williams as the perpetrator.

She admitted she lied to police about him hitting her, saying in a court document that she was mad at him when Avon police were summoned to their Eaglebend apartment.

On June 5, 2013, Thomas was arrested for domestic violence. Five days later, the District Attorneys Office dismissed the charges.

Her only other brush with the law in Eagle County was a traffic violation in April, for failure to display proof of insurance and driving an unregistered vehicle.

In May, Williams was again in trouble, this time for criminal mischief. Again in May he was stopped for speeding and driving without a license.

That traffic and criminal mischief case sent him to Eagle County Court Tuesday morning. Avon police were in the courtroom and the hallways of the Eagle County Justice Center, waiting to arrest him in connection with Baby Paris' death.

Both arrested Tuesday

Williams and Thomas were arrested Tuesday following an investigation that began June 8 when their daughter died in their Eagle Bend apartment.

An emergency call reported that an infant was not breathing. Paramedics and police were on the scene in moments, but attempts to revive the infant were unsuccessful.

The baby died of bilateral pneumonia, said Kara Bettis, Eagle County coroner.

Bettis declined comment about any possible abuse the baby may have suffered.

Williams was arrested Tuesday morning in the hall of the Eagle County Justice Center when he showed up for a criminal mischief case.

Thomas was arrested early Tuesday afternoon in Denver.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.