Lawsuit over Naeem Williams case to move forward

Lawsuit over Naeem Williams case to move forward

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With the end of Naeem Williams' criminal trial, attorneys are now gearing up for the civil case.

Tarshia Williams sued the military in 2008, alleging it failed to report numerous instances of suspected abuse of her 5-year-old daughter. But that case was put on hold pending the outcome of Naeem Williams' murder trial.

Lawyers now expect the stay in the next 30 days and that trial could be scheduled as early as next year.

"I don't want this to happen to no other child. I don't want no other child's mother to go through all the pain I had to go through," said Tarshia Williams, who lost custody of her daughter to ex-spouse just seven months before she was killed.

"Everybody turned a blind eye to what was going on. They could have saved her numerous times."

Talia Williams died in 2005 at Naeem Williams' home on Wheeler Army Air Base after she was brutally beaten by her father. Mark Davis, Tarshia's attorney, said the criminal trial uncovered numerous instances where military officials, teachers and doctors suspected abuse but did not report those suspicions to child welfare authorities, as they are required to by law.

"The criminal trial discussed numerous times when the neighbors called the police because they heard screaming from the house or heard yelling, or they heard thuds," Davis said.

The federal government initially tried to get the case thrown out but that move was rejected by a federal judge.

Legal experts said that if the military is found liable, it could end up paying millions of dollars to Tarshia Williams, who now lives in Georgia.

An attorney for the federal government declined comment.

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