In two months there have been two deaths of toddlers in Dorchester County. Back in mid-January two people were arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse and Charleston child abuse attorneys briefly discussed the details of that incident. Now, it is awful to hear of another similar incident of child neglect and abuse. The known facts of the incident are as follows.
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and EMS, as well as the Old Fort Fire Department were dispatched to house on Jennings Drive the evening of February 16. Firefighters and paramedics administered advanced life support before rushing the less-than-year-old toddler to Summerville Medical Center where he was pronounced dead an hour later.
Authorities note the cause of death as brain swelling that resulted from the toddler being beaten. The Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into the occurrences surrounding the boy’s unfortunate death.
What is currently known is that the child had been dropped off at a caregiver’s at 11:30 a.m., the caregiver told authorities she put the toddler to bed at 3:30 p.m., at 6:00 p.m. she checked in on the child and he was okay. About 6:30 p.m. the mother called the caregiver and the caregiver told the mother that the child was unresponsive. The mother then called 911.