Affidavit: Multiple insect bites found on dead infant's body

Angel Richardson and Todd Melvin (Source: CCDC)
Angel Richardson and Todd Melvin (Source: CCDC)

LADSON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities found dog feces and "unknown" fluids at the home of a Ladson child who died on Wednesday, according to a court affidavit released Thursday night.

Court documents state that authorities found the "deplorable" living conditions at 21-year-old Angel Ann Richardson's home on 4537 Outwood Drive following the death of her 2-month-old child, Kayden Melvin, on Wednesday.

On Thursday night, Richardson was given a $250,000 bond for a charge of unlawful neglect towards a child in connection to Kayden's death. Richardson's live-in boyfriend, Todd Stephen Melvin, who also faces the same charge, was given a $150,000 bond.

According to an affidavit, Kayden was taken to Trident Medical Center on Wednesday in full cardiac arrest and pronounced dead at 10:11 a.m. The affidavit states that Kayden had multiple visible insect bites around his body, which were confirmed and documented in the autopsy.

Court documents state that when investigators went to Richardson's house they could smell a strong pungent odor that became stronger as they entered the house. Authorities say they saw dog feces and "unknown" fluids on the floor in the common areas.

The affidavit states that flying insects were swarming in the home and several cockroaches were seen in the child's bassinet in the bedroom that he shared with his parents.

On Thursday afternoon, the coroner's office stated that Kayden's death was Richardson's second child to have died. According to the Charleston County Coroner's Office, Richardson's 4-month-old daughter, Mariah Benjamin, was found dead at Richardson's home on June 18, 2010.

Coroner Rae Wooten said they were not able to determine what caused the death of the child at the time.

Additionally, the Department of Social Services reported that they did not know that Richardson had given birth to Kayden. Authorities with DSS say they already had two of Richardson's children in custody following an incident after one of the children was scalded.

Officials with the Charleston County Coroner's Office say they were not able to determine how Kayden died. Wooten said it is common for an autopsy to not reveal the cause of death, and that more tests, including toxicology, will have to be completed before a cause of death is determined.

Wooten also said there was no evidence of injury on Melvin. Investigators say the infant lived in the Woodside Manor subdivision in Ladson.

Major Jim Brady with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to Trident Hospital around 10 a.m. Wednesday after receiving reports of an infant death. Brady said an unresponsive two-month-old was first taken to Nason Medical Center, then to Trident Hospital.

Deputies then responded to the home of the child at 4537 Outwood Drive to investigate.

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