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4-Year-Old Drowns While In Foster Care

An East Texas 4-year-old boy drowns while in foster care. It happened just hours after a Gregg County judge granted a family member custody of the little boy. Now the foster mother is facing charges.

Investigators say Anthony Johnson was found lying face down in the bathtub at a Harrison County home Monday. Anthony, his younger brother and a sister had been in the care of 55-year-old Emma Williams for the past 14 days.

CPS says Williams has been a licensed foster mother for two years, with no previous reports of any problems caring for children. But, investigators say a warrant has been issued for her arrest on charges of endangering a child.

Williams has been in trouble with the law before. Law enforcement has confirmed past charges of unemployment fraud, forgery and theft. The latest in 1991.

CPS says and you can be licensed as a foster parent if you have a criminal background. That is, as long as it is not a felony conviction for violence against another person.

Anthony and his siblings were taken to Emma William's home 14 days ago. CPS says they were removed from their birth mother, 25 year old Charlie Johnson, because they say she has a severe drug problem and was neglecting her children.

We spoke with Johnson. She called Anthony her "little angel" and says she wants to fight for justice for her son.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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