Mother sentenced to 15 years for abusing her children

(Source: Colleton County Jail)
(Source: Colleton County Jail)

WALTERBORO, SC (WCSC) - A Walterboro woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for abusing her two young children.

At the conclusion of a two-day trial, jurors found 25-year-old Stanqwanner Wiggins guilty of two counts of unlawful neglect of a child and two counts of a parent allowing another person to inflict great bodily injury to a child. Judge Perry M. Buckner handed down the sentence.

One of the victims, a two-year-old girl, nearly died as a result of abuse and neglect.

On June 16, 2010, medics were called to the babysitter's home on Fourth Street in Walterboro because the young girl was no longer breathing. The little girl was revived, but medical personnel noticed numerous injuries in various stages of healing and contacted the Colleton County Sheriff's Office to launch an investigation.

"This case is tragic," said assistant solicitor Ashley Hudson, who prosecuted the case. "I really would like to recognize all of the work that went into saving her life. She literally had no pulse when paramedics arrived. Thanks to them, and all of her other caretakers, both children will get a second chance at life."

Doctors extensively examined both children to document their injuries. The young girl had a lacerated liver, two fractured arms, bruises to her scalp and burns all over her body, including second-degree burns on her back. Her three-year-old brother had a broken collarbone, open sores on his face and scarring that was consistent with being beaten with an electrical cord or clothes hanger.

The S.C. Department of Social Services took custody of Wiggins' children.

"I am happy to report they are thriving in foster care," Hudson said.

The case against babysitter Sheree Washington is still pending.

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