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Newport News, Va - A Newport News family is burying their child only weeks after they took him home for the first time.

One-month-old Tramel Williams, Jr. died of Pneumonia on Sunday, March 22, only days after he was cleared from the hospital.

Tramel Williams and Tivia Thomas, took their son to the hospital on Friday when they saw he wasn't acting like himself.

"He had a high temperature of 102 and his heart rate was 200 and was escalating," says Williams.

Concerned about his health, the parents took their son to Sentara Port Warwick Hospital. After a few hours they were told that Tylenol and nasal spray would make their son better, but that wasn't the case.

"Two days later after that - I woke up on Sunday morning and he was gone. "

The parents say they followed the doctor's instructions and checked their son often. During one of their checks, they found dry blood under their son's nose.

"We grabbed the phone and called 911 and they told me to come downstairs and I put him on the couch," said Williams. "I had put them on speaker phone. They had told me how to do CPR so that’s when I done CPR and I couldn’t revive him and it was a hurtful feeling just to see him laying still and I couldn’t wake him up. It was just so hurtful to me."

The couple is trying to scrape together enough money so that they can give their son a proper burial. They have created a Go Fund Me Page to help raise money. If you would like to donate, click here.


  • Carl

    That is awful…NO PARENTS SHOULD HAVE TO BURY THEIR BABY…to me, it looks as though they had that baby for nothing…RIP sweet angel!

  • r.m

    What the news did not tell you is how horrific not only losing your child is but having your other children taking away and being investigated for the death of your baby. There was no consideration of the other children well taking care of in a decent home and food to eat with a loving mother. They just ripped all of her heart away at once. Not only is funds needed to help her give her baby a proper going away service, but CPS needs to investigate the individual that had no more competency or compassion than the hospital that should of never lets an infant go home without certainty the child would be alright.

    • if yourenotpartofthesolutionyourepartoftheproblem

      Oh no! Her other children were taken away, too? My heart hurts for this family

  • Sabrina Ann Smith

    Cps only gets involved in cases that don’t need any attention at all. But when a child has passed away, beat, and killed they do nothing. If someone who replys to this, that is a cps worker then get your job and words right. We all remember baby braxton. Look at that. This mother as of now, has lost a newborn and the other children. This is wrong. When 2 of children passed away, due to a house fire in Gloucester county,va 11 year ago. They did not take my other two boys away. But they did keep me in a room for hours asking me questions. See what the system has become. Shame on you. I feel for you and your family…

  • am

    According to her facebook page she was at the emergency room with her daughter not her son. Also if you take your child to the emergency room for pneumonia and they aren’t any better the next day why would you not take them back to the e.r.?

  • karen faucett

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers r with you and you family.I know what u all r going thru.Its not easy to loose a newborn. My condolence.

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