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A judge refused to allow the father of a 3-year-old boy, who was murdered, to be released on bail to handle funeral arrangements and attend services for the child.

Judge Geoffrey Rushlau denied June 25 a request by the attorney for 30-year-old Andrew Williams to be released on bail until after the funeral.

Defense attorney Steven Peterson of Rockport argued during the court hearing that Williams’ mother was handling the funeral arrangements and that a funeral could be held Tuesday although that was not certain.

The body of 3-year-old Maddox Williams was expected to be taken from Maine Medical Examiner’s Office to the Burpee Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home in Rockland later June 25, Peterson said.

The child’s mother Jessica Williams, 35, who also goes by the name Jessica Trefethen, was arrested June 23, three days after her son, Maddox Williams, was pronounced dead at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. The 35-year-old has been charged with depraved indifference murder in connection with her son’s death.

Superior Court Justice Robert Murray set bail at $150,000 cash.

Maddox Williams died June 27 after his mother and grandmother brought him to Waldo General Hospital in Belfast, police said.

An autopsy revealed Maddox Williams had multiple bruises and abrasions – some partially healed – as well as missing teeth, internal bleeding in his abdomen and a fractured spine.

At Andrew Williams’ hearing June 25, Judge Rushlau also ordered that Williams bail be revoked and that he be held until a trial is held.

Andrew Williams was arrested Jan. 28, 2020 on a charge that he broke into a home and began stealing items while carrying his son Maddox who was 2-years-old at the time.

Williams charged with burglary, felony theft, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of unlawful possession of drugs.

According to police, the tenant in the Beech Street residence reported that he was working upstairs just before noon on Tuesday when he heard what sounded like an infant crying or screaming. He then received a phone call from a neighbor who reported that there was a man outside his apartment with his golf clubs.

The tenant went downstairs and the man, later identified as Williams, was in his dining room holding a child and an armload of the tenant’s belongings, according to an affidavit filed by Rockland police in the Knox County court.

The tenant confronted Williams and he offered different reasons for being there, including he was told there was an open house at the apartment and he was looking for an apartment. Williams also said he thought he heard someone to say “come in” and later said his son opened the door after hearing a dog barking inside.

Williams also told officers that his case worker told him about the apartment and then identified his case worker as “Pablo Escobar.”

Williams was released on bail after these charges were filed but he was arrested again on charges of operating under the influence and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. There were children in the car when he was arrested for that OUI, Deputy District Attorney Christopher Fernald said. The prosecutor said after the hearing that he did not know if Maddox Williams was one of the children in the car.

Deputy District Attorney Christopher Fernald asked that Williams’ bail be revoked because of his extensive criminal history, and because a tentative agreement has been reached in which Williams would serve 18 months for the outstanding charges.

Justice Rushlau told Williams while he won’t release him on bail, the Sheriff’s Office can take him to the funeral. The decision rests with the sheriff, the judge said.