- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 27, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Police are investigating the possibility a missing girl from Virginia could be Precious Doe, whose decapitated body was found in a Kansas City park in April 2001.
Kansas City police said Tuesday they are testing a DNA sample from an incarcerated man who says he is the father of Brittany Renee Williams, a 9-year-old girl from Richmond who was last seen in August 2000.
Brittany's mother gave the girl to another woman Kim Parker before dying of complications from AIDS in 1996, authorities said. Brittany also was infected with the HIV virus.
Miss Parker was sentenced last week to 20 days in jail for violating a judge's order to bring Brittany in for a DNA paternity test in October 2001 and for failing to turn the girl over to social workers last month. Miss Parker's attorney argued she wasn't capable of fulfilling the order.
"It's a fact that she hasn't turned over the child because she doesn't have a child to turn over," attorney Alexander M. Clarke Jr. said.
The girl found in Kansas City, dubbed Precious Doe by community activists, was discovered April 28, 2001, across from a small park in a residential area about five miles southeast of downtown.
Investigators believe she had been dead a day or two. She is described as black and about 3 feet tall and 41 pounds, with a small, brown, crescent-shaped birthmark on her shoulder.
Investigators believe that she was killed before she was beheaded, and that the crime happened somewhere else. Police have not said how she was killed or whether she was sexually assaulted.
Earlier this year, police briefly suspected the body could be that of Rilya Wilson, a missing 5-year-old from Miami, but DNA tests ruled out a match.
In Richmond, police and a social worker testified that Miss Parker said she allowed a woman named Linda Jones to take Brittany to California in August 2000. Miss Parker said the woman returned to the area with Brittany and another woman around Christmas of that year, and then took her back to California, police said.
Miss Parker said she had telephone contact with the women through last year but had no way of getting in touch with them directly, according to police.
Miss Parker had legal custody of Brittany from 1996 until last month, when custody was transferred to social services.


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