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Report: Mom struck, bound child before death

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A mother is in jail for allegedly abusing and killing her 2-year-old son.

Dallas police said 24-year-old Franjessica Williams took Juelz Lumbard to Medical City Dallas Wednesday morning. He was unresponsive and had injuries all over his body that were consistent with abuse.

Doctors did everything they could but could not save him.

According to a police report, Williams said the toddler had misbehaved. She tried to punish him by putting him in time out in the corner, but he wouldn't stay there.

She said she became frustrated and struck him multiple times with her hand and a switch. She pinched him, grabbed him around his neck and bound his hands and feet together with a scarf, belt and later some type of ribbon.

He loosened the ribbon so Williams said she rebound him tight enough for his wrists and ankles to turn purple. She left him tied to a chair in a closet overnight.

She told police she found him dead when she woke up in the morning, the document states.

Williams faces charges of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury and is being held in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on a $150,000 bond.

The charges could be upgraded depending on the results of an autopsy.

Williams denied FOX 4's interview request.

Williams was already under investigation by Child Protective Services, FOX 4 has learned.

The director of Greater Cornerstone Academy told FOX 4 she noticed bruises on Juelz's body about a month ago.

Danita Harris said she took pictures and called CPS to report her suspicions. The agency was investigating the case, but never removed the child from the home.

Williams agreed to take parenting classes to keep custody, but those classes weren't scheduled to start until July.

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