Boyfriend charged for burning baby

By Nicole Johnson  bio | email

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - A baby boy is recovering, after burns so severe he was flown to the Augusta Burn Center. One person is facing criminal charges for the injuries, and three others were taken into custody.

A six week old baby suffered second degree burns on his hands and left foot. Charleston County Sheriff's detectives say the mother's boyfriend injured the child.

"He decided to bathe the baby, and the baby sustained the burns to the hands," said Det. Rita Aliva.

The child was rushed to Trident Medical Center, where a nurse noticed the burns looked suspicious and called the sheriff's office.

"What our investigation is showing is that it was hot water," said Aliva.

20-year-old Alexander Perry is charged for injuring the baby boy. Investigators say it happened at a Ladson home on Outwood Street, where Perry lived with his girlfriend, her child, her brother and her father.

In addition to the injuries that detectives say happened at the home, they say they also found at least six pot plants in the hallway and a bedroom, and weed cigarettes in an ashtray.

Authorities charged the baby's mother, Angel Richardson, Angel's father Brian Richardson, and Perry with contributing to the delinquency of a minor because they say a 16-year-old also lived in the home where drugs were being kept.

"We made the decision because of the marijuana plants, the type of injury to the baby, and the condition of the house, to take both children into emergency protective custody," said Det. Diane Turner.

The baby is expected to recover from his injuries, return to the Lowcountry from the burn center, and then be placed into foster care.

DSS will determine who both of the children will stay with as this case is resolved. Authorities say the three adults all have past criminal records of being charged with minor crimes.

Investigators aren't sure who or where the baby's father is right now.

If convicted for the burn injuries to the baby, Perry could spend up to 20 years in prison.

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