Fort Myers woman facing murder charge in her baby’s death

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Krystal Ann Williams and Abigail Ann Benavides

NAPLES, Fla. A Fort Myers woman is facing a third-degree murder charge in the death of her 1-month-old daughter.

Krystal Ann Williams, 31, of the 2900 block of Thomas Street, was arrested Tuesday by U.S. Marshals, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said. Her daugther, Abigail Ann Benavides, died in September 2016.

Krystal Ann Williams (Photo via Lee County Sheriff’s Office)

Williams and her friend Taylor Caroline Kosow were taking Abigail to a hospital on Sept. 12 when their car ran out of gas, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies were called to the 7-Eleven at 2135 Tamiami Trail E. where they found Williams, Kosow and the baby, who was unconscious and not breathing, the sheriff’s office said.

Abigail was rushed by ambulance to Naples Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the sheriff’s office said.

Williams asked repeatedly about the status of her daughter but also dozed off several times, the sheriff’s office said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was conducting a child protective investigation regarding Abigail before she died. The department worked with the sheriff’s office to look into her death.

Authorities have not provided information on the cause of death.

Williams also faces charges of manslaughter and child abuse.

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