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    Channel 2 Action News has learned that DeKalb County's sheriff will announce Thursday morning that he is retiring from the force.  Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne learned that Sheriff Jeff Mann announced to his command staff Wednesday that he's retiring effective at the end of the month and Chief Deputy Melody Maddox will become acting-sheriff. Breaking: we confirmed DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann announced to Cmd staff he's retiring effective end of month and Chief Deputy Melody Maddox will become Sheriff @wsbtv — Mark Winne (@MarkWinneWSB) November 13, 2019 Mann was arrested in May 2017 after he was stopped in Piedmont Park in Atlanta for allegedly exposing himself. He was charged with misdemeanor obstruction and public indecency charges. A couple of weeks later, Mann suspended himself over the incident.  TRENDING STORIES: 16-year-old killed, others charged after robbery attempt, shooting on interstate Public visitation, funeral set for Clark Atlanta senior Alexis Crawford Taylor Williams case: Mother arrested; neighbor says missing Florida girl was often left home alone 'I cannot ask my employees to abide by a code of conduct unless I am willing to subject myself to it as well,' Mann wrote in an email sent to employees at the time. In a memo obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Mann said his apology 'should not be construed to suggest or imply guilt.' Mann ultimately ended up pleading guilty to the charges and was banned from Atlanta City Parks for a year. He also was sentenced to community service. POST, the state's law enforcement training and accreditation arm, opened their own investigation and voted to revoke Mann's law enforcement certification in September 2017. 'This error, that I've acknowledged, apologized for and I'm ready to move on,' Mann told Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr in an April 2018 interview. Mann confirmed to Carr that his appeal to keep his law enforcement certification had been denied by POST. Stay with WSBTV.com and tune into Channel 2 Action News RIGHT NOW for the latest on this developing story. 
  • Winter coats and scarfs are back in fashion as a wave of bitter cold temperatures gripped metro Atlanta on Wednesday.  'It was, like, ‘I'm just going to stay in bed. I'm not getting out,'' Colt Inni said. Ken Harris at H & M Auto and Tire told Channel 2's Tom Regan that the cold weather is taking a toll on car batteries. Harris said he's sold more batteries in the last month than the rest of the whole year put together. He also said the cold is also lowering pressure in tires. 'The pressure light is going on the dash. Ten people come in yesterday to get air in their tires,' Harris said. TRENDING STORIES: 16-year-old killed, others charged after robbery attempt, shooting on interstate Public visitation, funeral set for Clark Atlanta senior Alexis Crawford Taylor Williams case: Mother arrested; neighbor says missing Florida girl was often left home alone The 'no heat' calls poured in Wednesday morning, as well, keeping Randy McGee, with Reliable Heating and Air, running from one home to another.  'The phone's been ringing off the hook up there at the office,' McGee told Regan.  The Tucker First Methodist Church threw open its doors to become a warming center for those trying to get out of the cold and get some rest. They had five people stay there Tuesday night. 'We feed them a warm meal when they arrive. They sleep like logs and we feed them a warm meal when they leave,' volunteer Ed Wheeler said.  Severe Weather Team 2 says temperatures are expected to dip down below freezing again Wednesday night, but it won't be as cold as Tuesday night's temperatures. 
  • More than 20 violations led to a Gwinnett County Wendy's restaurant getting a very low inspection score. It's located on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee. Channel 2's Carol Sbarge learned some of the violations included a worker making sandwiches with their bare hands.  The health inspector raised concerns in the latest inspection report that some of the violations were repeat ones. The restaurant was inspected on Nov. 11 and received a score of 48. Sbarge spoke to customers during the lunch rush Wednesday afternoon. 'That's not good. I eat here pretty often so that's going to change my mind,' said customer John Dominique. The 48 score is a re-inspection after the same Wendy's received a 73 score on Nov. 6. TRENDING STORIES: 16-year-old killed, others charged after robbery attempt, shooting on interstate Quilty the cat helps break other cats out of kitty jail, gets solitary confinement Taylor Williams case: Mother arrested; neighbor says missing Florida girl was often left home alone Violations with the 48 included vanilla Frosty base and raw grill chicken not held cold enough, trash littered around the dumpster, and containers of ready-to-eat food uncovered in the walk-in cooler. Sbarge went to the Wendy's to ask about the violations and what they've done to correct the problems, but a manager said they would have no comment. In June, the same Wendy's got a 91 on a health inspection. Having two low scores follow so quickly is not what some customers expect from a well-known chain restaurant. 'I expect a lot more. I expect the food to be clean,' Dominique said.  The inspector let the restaurant staff know that a failure on the follow-up inspection, which will happen this month could lead to a permit suspension. There will be a second follow-up inspection done this month at the Wendy's.  
  • A reward for information in a deadly home invasion has increased to $15,000 as deputies hope for new leads in the cold case.  Derrick Denson was watching his niece and nephew on Jan. 2 when deputies say three masked men forced their way into his Butts County home. The trio robbed him before they shot Denson in the head in front of the children. He died the next day. Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes has been following the case since the Denson family contacted her in January.  Deputies had several leads when the home invasion and shooting first happened, but said none of them were solid. No arrests have been made in the 10 months since Denson's death.  “We always want to work these cases as good as we can but (we have) limited info coming in and no help from the public,” Capt. Richard Gandee said.   The department believe the suspects knew Denson and targeted him specially at his home. Gandee said it may have been a robbery that didn’t go as planned. 'Maybe they didn’t mean to pull the trigger. But that’s some of the questions we need to clarify. So if someone does know this info just call us. The family needs to know,' he said. TRENDING STORIES 16-year-old killed, others charged after robbery attempt, shooting on interstate Quilty the cat helps break other cats out of kitty jail, gets solitary confinement Here's everything to know about the Alexis Crawford murder The Denson family doesn’t want Derrick’s death to turn into a cold case, especially when they are so desperate for answers.  'It happened in my sister-in-law's house and she’s having a really hard time with it. She can’t afford to move and her special needs daughter was in the room. My nephew, it's really hard on him too,' Tammy Denson said.  Tammy Denson said Jackson is a small community and with a family as big as hers, they know everyone.  The family feels like several people know what happened and they’re hoping anyone will come forward. 'You never know if you’re promised tomorrow. Do you really want to die or something happen to you and you knew the truth and didn’t tell it?' she said. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers and remain anonymous. 
  • Police officers in one metro city are getting special training to learn how to control suspects without using their guns.  Channel 2 Action News got an inside look at Marietta police officers learning Brazilian jiujitsu techniques. Instead of using their guns, officers are taught to use grappling skills to control suspects. 'We are teaching our officers the gentle of art of controlling people,' Maj. Jake King said. 'This is a tool that's actually going to help them use their weight against them and actually be able to apprehend somebody and put them in control on the ground without using strength,' said Sgt. Clay Culpepper. TRENDING STORIES 16-year-old killed, others charged after robbery attempt, shooting on interstate Quilty the cat helps break other cats out of kitty jail, gets solitary confinement Here's everything to know about the Alexis Crawford murder The training is now mandatory. All Marietta officers must spend at least five months taking the Brazilian jiujitsu courses.  Gold and silver Pan-American Games medalist and black belt Humberto Borges trains the officers at his facility in Cobb County. 'It's really important for the officers to know first to know how to defend themselves on the street,' said Borges. 'It's a big step for Marietta Police Department.' Sgt. Josh Liedke, who is a defensive tactics' instructor with the department, says the public sees the benefits. 'You're not seeing officers using foul language, losing control. You're not seeing hands flying all over the place. Anytime we're involved in an incident, you're seeing complete control. Everybody's calm, relaxed,' he said.  That helps keep the officers and the suspects safe. 'The public really expects a lot out of its law enforcement officers and one of them is to have the ability to control people and maybe not use the weapons that are on our belt,' King said. Trainers told Channel 2 this is not like other forms of martial arts where it takes years to become proficient. Officers said they can quickly apply what they learn in class today to their next shift. 'You can't even put a value on these classes,' Liedke said.
  • A southeast Georgia police officer was arrested after officials accused him of physically abusing two children.  Steven Alan Fitton, 35, of Hinesville, allegedly abused his biological child and a stepchild from a previous marriage, officials said in a news release Wednesday. The Hinesville police officer was taken into custody Nov. 4 after an investigation, the release said.  The injuries to the children were not released. Fitton was booked into the Liberty County jail, where he was charged with two counts of aggravated assault by strangulation and two counts of second-degree cruelty to children. He was previously released on bond, officials said.  He was placed on administrative leave without pay pending an internal affairs investigation.  In other news: 
  • Funeral arrangements have been finalized for Clark Atlanta University student Alexis Janae Crawford. Crawford's body was found late last week in a DeKalb County park. She was 21. Crawford's roommate and the roommate's boyfriend have both been charged with her murder.  [DOWNLOAD: WSB-TV's News App for updates on this developing story]   On Friday, visitation is planned in Crawford's hometown of Athens, according to Gregory Levett & Sons funeral home. Visitation, which is open to the public, will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Hill Chapel Baptist Church, located at 1692 W. Hancock Ave in Athens.  Then on Saturday, Crawford will lie in state from 10 a.m. until her noon funeral at Cornerstone Church, 4680 Lexington Road in Athens. RELATED STORIES Here's everything to know about the Alexis Crawford murder Roommate now in custody, charged with murder of Clark Atlanta student Warrants reveal how Clark Atlanta student Alexis Crawford was killed Anyone wishing to assist the family with funeral costs should call the funeral home at 770-338-5558. Payments are accepted over the phone, a funeral home spokesman said. In addition to her parents, Crawford is survived by nine siblings, according to the Rev. Markel Hutchins, who is serving as the family's spokesperson. Hutchins said the Crawford family is devastated, but grateful for the outpouring of support.  'They not only need, but also deserve the public's support in laying her to rest with the kind of dignity and decency she deserves,' Hutchins told The AJC.  This report was written by Alexis Stevens , The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Emory University President Claire Sterk announced Wednesday morning she is retiring from her position as leader of Georgia's largest private university. Sterk sent a message to students, faculty, staff and others saying she has been thinking about the decision for months and 'I know it's the right decision at the right time.' 'While I'm announcing my retirement as president, I'm not ready to conclude my academic career or my affiliation with Emory,' Sterk wrote. 'I started here as a professor, and now I will return to that honored position as a professor in our Rollins School of Public Health. I have never lost my passion for public health, and I look forward to resuming my work on some of the most important issues of our time such as the opioid crisis, access to mental health and global child health.' Sterk's tenure as president will end in August 2020, the university said. Emory's board of trustees will conduct a search for a new president. Sterk began her tenure at Emory 24 years ago as an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education and acting director of the Center for Women and Children. She became president in 2016, the first woman to serve in that role. Emory has about 15,000 students and is one of the nation's top medical research institutions.
  • A Channel 2 Action News investigation found that parents cannot find out the vaccination coverage rate in their child's school.   Channel 2 anchor Sophia Choi looked into the matter for five months and learned it's a tough question to answer.  The Georgia Department of Public Health provided data on the county level that showed what percentage of kindergartners were not vaccinated for the 2018-19 school year.  However, Channel 2 Action News could not obtain the breakdown in each school. THURSDAY AT 6 A.M.: Why parents say the data the state is handing over is not enough + the concerns the health department has if it breaks down the numbers even more. MORE 2 INVESTIGATES: HIV Hot Spots: The areas in metro Atlanta the disease has taken a grip Inside the smugglers' trail: How cartels overtook metro Atlanta streets Woman says insurance was billed nearly $11K for DNA test she never signed off on
  • Channel 2 Action News investigated allegations that Georgia Department of Transportation radios were not working in some areas, putting the safety of many people at risk. Channel 2's Michael Seiden looked into a tip that HERO (Highway Emergency Response Operators) had trouble using its radios on almost half of metro Atlanta interstates. HERO workers have a dangerous job. They help crash victims and stranded drivers on busy interstates. Seiden learned of one serious accident involving a HERO trainee that prompted a dire warning about the radios. Channel 2 Action News got police body camera video that shows a HERO operator pushing a stalled car off a trainee on the Downtown Connector at University Avenue in March. It shows the trainee on a stretcher and being loaded into an ambulance where he described how he got hurt. 'We was fixing and she was stopped. I was moving to direct traffic and he saw it. Next thing I know bam, I'm on my a**,' said the trainee. He suffered serious injuries. 'My left hip, my lower back and my right leg,' said the trainee. Just hours later, HERO's assistant manager sent an urgent email to his boss. He linked concerns about the radios to the accident writing: '… this was a close call to our worst nightmare.' The email also states no one could hear the HERO operator on the radio calling for help. GDOT's own report shows an Atlanta police officer requested the ambulance. 'What I saw in that video was shocking and disturbing for them not to be able to call for assistance after an injury like that is scary…,' said a GDOT worker who wanted his identity concealed. He first told Channel 2 Action News about the radio dead zones. MORE 2 INVESTIGATES: HIV Hot Spots: The areas in metro Atlanta the disease has taken a grip Inside the smugglers' trail: How cartels overtook metro Atlanta streets Woman says insurance was billed nearly $11K for DNA test she never signed off on But Scott Higley GDOT's director of communications, said, 'Those claims are baseless.' He said an investigation showed, 'The equipment was functioning properly on the day of the incident.'  Two days after the trainee's accident, a supervisor sent an email to his bosses, writing, 'I wanted to express my disdain for the new radio system.' He also wrote: 'I will not put my guys' life out on the line with no reliable communications.' 'The dead zones were rampant,' said the unidentified GDOT worker. Channel 2 Action News filed an open records request in June and received dozens of emails about the radio problems.   They included parts of the Downtown Connector, Langford Parkway, sections of I-285, Buford Highway, parts of the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, areas of I-575, and I-75 in Cobb County north of Chastain Road. The unidentified GDOT worker said there were also dead zones on sections of I-85, parts of Georgia 400, and on U.S. 78 near Stone Mountain. 'People have been struck by vehicles and been unable to call for help,' said the GDOT worker. He said the dead zones put all metro Atlanta drivers at risk. 'When you have your average general public driving 70 miles an hour on the interstate there's no advance warning that when they come around that curve there's going to be a HERO unit… they can't stop in time and they strike a HERO unit,' he said. The GDOT worker said dozens of emails were sent about the radio dead zones for years, but the warnings fell on deaf ears. 'They just didn't care,' he said. That is until Channel 2 Action News got involved. 'So, when Channel 2 started asking questions suddenly there was more urgency,' he said. But GDOT told us the agency quickly passed the complaints on to the radio company. 'Any gaps and service areas were immediately in our experience addressed,' Higley said. In October 2019, GDOT gave the HERO operators' new radios. 'The problems stopped when GDOT switched to a actual radio that's used by first responders across the metro,' said the GDOT worker. But GDOT told Channel 2 Action News the new radios are being used in addition to the old ones, which it said work just fine. 'There are no ongoing concerns with quality or service or quality of equipment or its reliability,' Higley said. The GDOT worker said he wanted to talk because this is a matter of life and death. 'If GDOT had not switched over the radio systems, we could potentially be talking about another HERO operator that had been killed in the line of duty,' he said. GDOT said it takes safety very seriously and gives its employees safe equipment and safety training. The injured HERO trainee is recovering, but he has not returned to the job yet.

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  • Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who flirted with running for president last year before deciding against it in December, may be back in the race as a last-minute entry. >> Read more trending news  In recent days, Patrick, 63, has signaled to other Democrats that he is considering a last-minute entry into the 2020 race, The New York Times reported. If he does run, he will join another Democratic candidate, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as a late entry into the field. Patrick served as Massachusetts' 71st governor from 2007 to 2015, following Mitt Romney, the current Republican U.S. senator from Utah who failed in his bid to stop Barack Obama's reelection effort in 2012. Deval Laurdine Patrick was born July 31, 1956, in Chicago. According to his website, Patrick moved to Massachusetts in 1970. He was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through A Better Chance, a Boston-based organization. Patrick's father, Laurdine Kenneth 'Pat' Patrick Jr., was a jazz musician, composer and arranger who specialized in the jazz alto and baritone saxophones. The elder Patrick was best known for his four-decade association with jazz composer Sun Ra. Patrick's father left his family when Patrick was 4, but he did manage to reconnect with his father before the musician's death in 1991. Patrick graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in Boston -- becoming the first member of his family to attend college -- and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. In 2015 Patrick was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Harvard University. Patrick clerked for a federal judge before becoming an attorney in the private sector. Patrick worked for two Boston-based firms -- Day, Berry & Howard and Hill & Barlow. In 1994, he was appointed by President Bill Clinton as assistant attorney general overseeing the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Patrick has also served in senior executive positions at Coca-Cola and Texaco. If Patrick decides to run for president, he has until Friday to file for the first primary, which will be held Feb. 3 in New Hampshire, the New York Times reported. Patrick has been a managing director of Bain Capital, a private equity firm since he left office, The Washington Post reported. The firm was co-founded by Romney and was criticized by Democrats when Romney ran against Obama. Patrick married Diane Whiting in 1984, and the couple has two adult daughters, Sarah and Katherine.  Patrick's personal life might also receive renewed focus if he pursues the Democratic nomination. His wife was hospitalized for depression in 2007, the Post reported. In June 2019, his former brother-in-law, Bernard Sigh, was sentenced to six years in prison after he was convicted of charges that included the kidnapping and rape of Patrick's sister, the newspaper reported. Patrick's great-great-great-grandmother, Emily Wintersmith, and her son bought a farm from a white man, Harvey Slaughter, for a very small sum, according to Family Tree magazine. An analysis of Patrick's autosomal DNA revealed Slaughter is Patrick’s great-great-great-grandfather.
  • As the nation's political attention is focused on the beginning of impeachment hearings on Capitol Hill, Hillary Clinton said she is facing 'enormous pressure' to once again run for president in 2020.  >> Read more trending news  But Clinton also told BBC Radio 5 Live it's not something she's considering -- for the moment.  'As I say, 'Never, never, never say never.' I will certainly tell you, I'm under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it,' Clinton said. 'But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not my plans.' Clinton might make another run for the White House in 2020. Clinton, a former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state, lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. She won the popular vote but lost the Electoral College vote, which ultimately determines who wins each presidential election. On Wednesday, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives began holding public impeachment hearings on the president. Democrats said Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless the foreign government investigated Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.  Republicans say the impeachment hearings are a one-sided political stunt and the Democrats' latest attempt to oust Trump from office. There are still more than a dozen Democrats running to oppose Trump next year, but only a few remaining, serious contenders. They include Biden, and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris' campaign is downsizing and pinning all its hopes on next year's Iowa caucus.  At least 10 candidates will be in Atlanta on Nov. 20 for the fifth Democratic debate. The debate will be at Tyler Perry Studios, a 330-acre film and production company founded by the Atlanta-born entertainment mogul.
  • This is quite a dog tale. >> Read more trending news  A 10-week-old dachshund mix from southeast Missouri has what looks like a tail growing out of his forehead, and his puppy dog eyes have taken the internet by storm. The puppy's name -- Narwhal -- pays tribute to the toothed whale that has a large tusk growing from its head that is actually a protruding canine tooth. However, some people on social media are calling him a 'unicorn puppy.' 'He’s got an extra what looks like a perfect tail sitting in the center of his forehead,” Brian Heuring, a veterinarian at Cape Small Animal Clinic in Cape Girardeau, told WFVS. Narwhal was found earlier this month by Mac's Mission, an area rescue group, KDSK reported. Officials from Mac's Mission took the puppy to the veterinarian, who said there was no reason to remove the growth, KVFS reported. Since Narwhal's photo was posted Friday on social media, the pup has received thousands of comments and the original post has been shared numerous times. Narwhal is not bothered by the tail, and he is unable to wag it. “He is pretty much the most unique amazing example of what we do here, and we are so thankful to have the chance to be part of his journey,” officials with the rescue said in a Facebook post.
  • The 53rd annual CMA Awards ceremony is set for Wednesday with a trio of female country superstars hosting the event. >> Read more trending news  Carrie Underwood, who has hosted the show for 12 years, will get help from Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire during this year’s show.Country stars Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks will perform. You could see a lot of Maren Morris who has six nominations this year, more than any other nominee.Keith Urban, who won entertainer of the year last year, is nominated for the honor again.Here is what you need to know about the show.When is the show?The CMA Awards are set to air on Wednesday.What time is it on?The show begins at 8 p.m. ETWhat channel is broadcasting it?The show will be on ABC.Who is performing?Here are some of the stars set to perform Wednesday:Garth BrooksBlake SheltonDierks BentleySheryl CrowChris JansonJohn OsborneDolly PartonFor King & CountryZach WilliamsChris StapletonLady AntebellumEric ChurchBrothers OsborneKacey MusgravesHalseyDan + ShayWillie NelsonPinkKelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertOld Dominion Who has the most nominations?Maren Morris has six nominations this year.Who is nominated for new artist?New artist nominees are Cody Johnson, Carly Pearce, Midland, Ashley McBryde and Morgan Wallen.Who is nominated for entertainer of the year?Nominated are Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
  • Jimmy Carter’s pastor said the former president is “in good spirits” just one day after undergoing brain surgery. >> Read more trending news The Rev. Tony Lowden, pastor of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, was in Atlanta on Wednesday visiting Carter at Emory University Hospital. “His spirits are good, and he is up and walking,” Lowden said. Carter was admitted to the hospital on Monday to deal with bleeding near his brain, caused by a series of falls over the past few weeks. Carter was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma and was operated on early Tuesday morning to relieve pressure on his brain. A spokeswoman for Carter said there were no complications from the procedure, but wouldn’t give a timetable on his release. He “will remain in the hospital as long as advisable for observation,” said Deanna Congileo on Tuesday. Lowden drove to Atlanta on Wednesday with dozens of well wishes from the president’s boyhood home of Plains and his home church, Maranatha. “Everyone is praying and concerned about him and making sure that he is OK,” Lowden said. Young visited their church on Sunday to teach Sunday School with Carter. Lowden said he expects to field at least one question from Carter: When can he return to teaching Sunday School? Carter has been teaching Sunday School regularly at Maranatha for 40 years. After he broke his hip in May and fractured his pelvis in October, Carter missed both of his immediately scheduled classes, but quickly made them up the following Sundays. “I am going to tell him that we have everything in order at the church, and he doesn’t have to worry about anything,” Lowden said. “There is no need to rush.”
  • A neighbor told investigators Taylor Rose Williams, the 5-year-old girl who vanished last week from her home in Jacksonville, Florida, was often left home alone before her reported disappearance.  >> Read more trending news  Authorities in Alabama said Tuesday that they discovered human remains while searching for Taylor. Forensic tests were ongoing to confirm the identity of the remains. Police said Taylor was last seen around 12 a.m. Wednesday in her bedroom at her home in the Brentwood area. Her mother, Brianna Williams, has since been arrested and charged with giving false information to law enforcement and child neglect. Here are the latest updates: Update 3:50 p.m. EST Nov. 13: A warrant issued for the arrest of 5-year-old Taylor Williams' mother, Brianna Williams, shows a neighbor told detective he saw Taylor wandering the apartment complex alone on multiple occasions. He told authorities he first noticed Taylor alone on the morning of April 17, while he was sitting on his balcony talking on the phone. He said he saw Taylor wandering up the stairs from the breezeway and that he asked her what she was doing. 'Looking for my momma,' she answered, according to the neighbor's account. He told police he took her back to her apartment. He described the inside of the apartment as cluttered, with trash bags and boxes stacked on top of each other. He said he continued to see Taylor home alone at least every other day, adding that she would wave to him from within her apartment. During these times, he said Brianna Williams' car was not in the apartment parking lot. He said Taylor always wore the same pajamas and held the same doll. He said he saw Brianna Williams routinely arrive home between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. He told authorities the last time he saw Brianna Williams and her daughter together was May 21, 2019. He said he hadn't seen Taylor since that day and that when he asked Brianna Williams about her daughter's whereabouts, she said the 5-year-old was in Alabama with her grandparents. >> Read more on ActionNewsJax.com Update 3 p.m. EST Nov. 13: Hospital officials told WJAX-TV that Brianna Williams, the mother of Taylor Williams was no longer listed Wednesday afternoon as a patient. She was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after being found unresponsive at Naval Air Station Jacksonville from an apparent overdose. Update 8:07 a.m. EST Nov. 13: Brianna Williams' bond has been set at $1.1 million, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Department of Corrections website. That includes $100,000 for one count of giving false information to law enforcement and $500,000 each for two counts of child neglect, the website said. Update 5:35 p.m. EST Nov. 12:  Search teams recovered the remains of a child in Alabama. Exact identification has not been made. Brianna Williams has been arrested and charged with child neglect and giving false information to investigators. Brianna Williams is in the hospital due to an apparent overdose. Williams is in serious condition. Anyone with additional information is still asked to contact the Sheriff's Office. This investigation is 'no where near done,' according to Sheriff Mike Williams. Update 3:50 p.m. EST Nov. 12: Sources told WJAX-TV that Brianna Williams, mother of missing Florida 5-year-old Taylor Rose Williams, was taken to a hospital Tuesday, hours after authorities announced they had found human remains while searching for her daughter. Brianna Williams, who is a Petty Officer 1st Class at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, had previously been identified as a person of interest in her daughter's disappearance. Officials with the Demopolis, Alabama, Police Department said Tuesday that human remains were found between Demopolis and Linden, Alabama, during the search for Taylor. Forensic testing was ongoing Tuesday to identify the remains. Brianna Williams previously lived about 15 miles from Demopolis. Update 1:30 p.m. EST Nov. 12: Police in Demopolis, Alabama, said human remains were found in a wooded area between the Alabama cities of Linden and Demopolis during the search for Taylor Rose Williams. Authorities said Tuesday that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was awaiting the results of forensic tests to identify the remains. Update 1:15 p.m. EST Nov. 12: Authorities in Demopolis, Alabama, said human remains have been discovered during the search for Taylor Rose Williams, 5. Update 2:15 p.m. EST Nov. 11: Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Taylor Williams' mother is considered a person of interest in her daughter's disappearance. Williams said Monday at a news conference that Brianna Williams has remained uncooperative since shortly after Taylor's disappearance. 'She has not spoken to us since Wednesday and she was the last person to see Taylor,' Williams said. Authorities confirmed officials were searching the Demopolis, Alabama, area in hopes of finding Taylor. Williams said the search area was large Monday afternoon, but added that he expected it to be whittled down later in the evening. 'There's a lot of different efforts going on right now in this investigation,' Williams said. 'The information that drove us to Alabama demanded this response, and we absolutely hope to find her alive.' Williams asked that anyone who saw Taylor or her mother between Jacksonville and Alabama in the last two weeks contact authorities. Rachel Rojas, special agent-in-charge of the Jacksonville FBI office, said several teams, including the Child Abduction Response Team and the Cellular Analysis Survey Team, have been part of the investigation. Update 1:40 p.m. EST Nov. 11: Officials with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office are holding a news conference Monday afternoon to update the public on the search for Taylor Williams. Update 10:50 a.m. EST Nov. 11: Police in Jacksonville have expanded their search efforts for a missing girl to include Georgia and Alabama. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said in a news conference last week that they were working with investigators in Alabama because Taylor's mother, Brianna Williams, has family there. The Demopolis Police Department said Sunday afternoon that they were assisting the FBI and other out-of-state agencies in a search for a missing person around the Demopolis area. It was not immediately clear whether the search was connected to Taylor's disappearance. Demopolis is about 15 miles away from where Brianna Williams previously lived.  Update 8:53 a.m. EST Nov. 10: Detectives are looking into a Craigslist ad that may have been posted by Brianna Williams the day before reporting her daughter, Taylor Rose Williams, was missing. The poster of the ad states 'childcare needed tomorrow' because they were 'bailed on,' Action News Jax reported. Brianna Williams’ name is not on the ad, but the poster mentions having a 5-year-old daughter, working at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, and living in Jacksonville's Northside section. Update 9 p.m. EST Nov 7: First Coast Crime Stoppers announced it has increased the reward in the case for missing 5-year-old Taylor Williams to $4,000. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is working with another agency in a different state as it investigates the disappearance of Taylor Williams.  Brianna Williams, Taylor's mother, is from Alabama. The Sheriff's Office said it is working with investigators in Alabama because Brianna Williams has family there. While Sheriff Mike Williams said Brianna Williams is not cooperating in the investigation, some of her family members are. Some family members have come from out of town to speak with police. Update 4 p.m. EST Nov 7: Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Taylor's mother Brianna S. Williams is no longer being cooperative with the investigation. When asked if Brianna Williams is considered a person of interest in her daughter's disappearance, Sheriff Williams said 'Nothing's off the table.' Sheriff Williams is asking anyone who has seen Taylor and Brianna Williams together in Jacksonville in the last six months to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500. Original report: Taylor's mother, Brianna S. Williams, who is a Petty Officer 1st Class at NAS Jacksonville, told police she put Taylor to bed around midnight. Williams told police when she woke up at 7 a.m., she did not see Taylor in her bedroom and the back door was unlocked. Taylor was last seen wearing a purple shirt and pink pajama pants. She is 3 feet tall and weighs 50 pounds.  >> Read more trending news  Officers have been going door-to-door in the Brentwood neighborhood and have a helicopter to get an above view to aid in the massive search. Crews with the JSO Dive Team arrived at one of the search areas near the Southside Villas apartment complex where Taylor had lived with her family until recently, as well as two JSO trucks, a small boat and ATV/tractor type vehicle. They searched in the water in a former neighborhood looking for Taylor, Wednesday afternoon. A dumpster was taken from the Southside Villas apartment complex and eventually, the contents were emptied. Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson said the first 12 hours are critical when searching for a child, in a situation like this, because evidence can disappear in a 12-hour period and clues could be lost that can help find them. Officials in Jacksonville said more than 100 police officers, firefighters search dogs, dive teams, mounted police, drone units and volunteers are assisting to help find her. If you see her or know of her whereabouts, you are asked to call police at 904-630-0500. The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.