The heartbroken grandmother of one of the children from the Houston horror house says she should have adopted all of the kids — as an autopsy revealed 8-year-old Kendrick Lee died of multiple blunt force injuries, according to a report Wednesday.
Linda Smith, 71 — grandmother of starving and neglected 7-year-old Ja’Veon Kirklin — was disgusted to learn the and siblings were left in deplorable conditions by their mom Gloria Williams, 35.
“I wish I would have known how bad of a situation those kids were in; I would have adopted all of the kids,” said Smith, 71, told the Daily Mail.
While her son and the boy’s dad, Jonathan Kirklin, was behind bars in 2014, Smith said Williams and all of her kids lived with her — before she eventually kicked them out.
“I soon found out when my son was in jail and I was at work, Gloria would have different men come over to my house. I don’t know what she was doing with them. As soon as I found out I confronted Gloria with it, of course she denied it. But I told her she and her kids had to leave,” Smith said.
She added, “I regret kicking her out, I should have never done that. I’ve asked myself, What else have these kids gone through with all of the guys that have been in and out of her life? Were the kids molested, abused?”
In the disturbing case, Ja’Veon and his siblings, Jordan Lee, 15, and Trevon Lee, 10, were found abandoned Sunday, along with the skeletal remains of 8-year-old Kendrick.
Williams was charged with neglecting her children while her boyfriend, Brian Coulter, 31, was arrested for the beating death of little Kendrick.
After Williams left Smith’s home in 2014, she “disappeared” before reappearing with Ja’Veon a few years later, Williams said.
“Looking back on it now, I think if I would have asked her, she would have let me adopt Ja’Veon. It was just a feeling I got,” Smith said.
Williams said she now feels compelled to care for all of the boys.
‘I’ll adopt all of them. I’m heartbroken to hear what happened to them,” she said.
Authorities were alerted to the abuse on Sunday after Jordan Lee called 911, prompting a welfare check.
Coulter and Williams allegedly left Kendrick’s body rotting in a closet and abandoned the other three children, authorities have said.