Mom indicted in children's stabbing deaths

WINDER - The Bethlehem mother accused of stabbing her two children to death in January was indicted in Barrow County Superior Court this week on child cruelty, assault and murder charges.

Felicia Williams Hill, 26, was indicted on nine charges - two counts each of murder, felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated assault in the stabbing deaths of Elexis Nicole Hill, 9, and James Ross Hill, 4. She was also indicted on one count of aggravated assault for allegedly hitting her father, Charles Barnes, in the head with a vase.

District Attorney Tim Madison and Chief Assistant Allison Mauldin will prosecute the case that could wait two years before trial, Madison said. Hill remains in the Barrow County Jail without bond awaiting arraignment.

Patricia Hill, the children's paternal grandmother, said in an earlier interview that Hill deserved whatever punishment she gets.

"She didn't even give them a chance to grow up," Hill said. "She took off after doing what she did and didn't care if they lived or died."

Barrow County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 3. When they arrived at 691 Tanners Bridge Circle, they found the two children dead and Barnes suffering from a head injury.

Hill was arrested about 1 a.m. Jan. 9, six days after her children's deaths. An anonymous tip led Atlanta police to 1269 Gault St. S.E., where they found her in an apartment hiding in a closet under a pile of clothes.

Hill's initial charges included two counts of possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. Her arrest warrant said the knife used was more than three inches long. The grand jury did not indict Williams on those charges.

Williams dropped out of Winder-Barrow High School before completing the ninth grade. Her arrest records in Winder and Barrow County date back to 2002 for prostitution, burglary, theft, shoplifting and parole violations. She was arrested in November for on charges of shoplifting a roll of lottery tickets from the Kangaroo convenience store in Winder.

Hill had faced drug charges in Barrow County and was set to enter a substance abuse treatment program. She had agreed to enter a drug treatment program in lieu of probation. A Barrow County Superior Court judge had signed off on the waiver the same day Hill's children were found stabbed to death.