LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Lexington County Sheriff's Department detectives on Monday arrested a 33-year-old Gaston man on charges that he threw a 17-month-old boy across a room at his Gaston home, causing the boy to lose consciousness. The man also is accused of shaking the boy with extreme physical force, causing the boy to suffer seizure-like convulsions.
Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested Jason Daniel Sightler, 33, of Gaston, on an arrest warrant on a charge of inflicting great bodily injury upon a child.
An arrest warrant alleges that at about 5 p.m. on September 26 Sightler threw the 17-month-old boy across a room at Sightler's Gaston home, causing the boy to lose consciousness, Metts said. Sightler then placed the boy in a bathtub in order to try to force the boy to regain consciousness, according to the warrant.
Sightler picked up the boy and used extreme physical force to shake the boy several times, causing the boy's eyes to roll back into his head and resulting in seizure-like convulsions, according to investigators.
The arrest warrant further alleges that the 17-month-old boy was taken to a hospital, where a physician determined that the boy suffered a subdural hematoma and retinal hemorrhaging, Metts said. The physician further determined that the hematoma and hemorrhaging were consistent with blunt force trauma that was intentionally inflicted upon the boy, according to investigators.
The suspect injured the 17-month-old boy while he temporarily cared for the boy in order to assist the boy's mother, who is acquainted with Sightler, Metts said. Sightler previously cared for the boy on several additional occasions. The mother did not pay Sightler to care for the boy, Metts said.
The 17-month-old boy received medical treatment at a hospital and later was released, Metts said. The boy currently is living with relatives and not his mother.
Under South Carolina law, inflicting great bodily injury upon a child is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.
Sightler was being held on Tuesday, October 2 at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.