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Man arrested for brutal beating of two-year-old Da'nya Williams

Da'nya Williams. Da'nya Williams.
Trey Rice provided photo Trey Rice provided photo
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

A grand jury indicted a man for the brutal beating of a two-year-old nearly two months after the incident happened. 

Trey Jordan Rice, 21, was indicted Thursday on two counts of endangering children and one count of felonious assault. He was arrested by police and booked into the Hamilton County jail around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Rice is accused of beating 2-year-old Da'nya Williams so badly that she ended up in the Intensive Care Unit at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in October. 

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Up until this point, no charges had been filed which left family members wondering if the police were dragging their feet. 

"It's so surreal that the police still hasn't done anything, it just doesn't make sense to me," Davon Williams, Da'nya's father told FOX19 NOW Tuesday.

At the time of the attack, the toddler was in the care of her mother and the mother's boyfriend at an apartment on Arborwood Drive in Colerain Township. Williams believes the mother knew about issues of child abuse and she deserves to be charged just as much as anyone.

"Honestly I have no remorse for her, I don't care what happens to her honestly. I told her all the time don't leave don't leave her with him and she would lie to us, still leave her with him. She was lying to her family about the whole situation," said Williams.

Hamilton County Job and Family Services confirms that they received two phone calls about the care of Williams between July and mid-October. Da'nya was hospitalized after a July incident. Jobs and Family Services says they later closed the case based on consultation with police.

According to court documents, the grand jury determined that Rice created a substantial risk for Da'nya while she was in his care and knowingly caused serious physical harm to her. 

Colerain Police stressed that the outcome of the toddler's health and a lack of cooperation from suspects has led to a delay in the investigation. 

"It is always tragic when a child is hurt, these especially always tug on heart strings," said Colerain Police. "There has been constant contact throughout with the family, with medical personnel and constant evaluations of the child's condition."

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