Police: Girlfriend slammed Columbia child's head into faucet, killing him

Police: Girlfriend slammed Columbia child's head into faucet, killing him

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia woman has been arrested after a child in her care died over the weekend.

Margie Hamm, 34, was arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse, according to the Columbia Police Department. Hamm is the girlfriend of the father of the victim, according to police.

Police say she slammed a 15-month-old Jayon Wilson Turnipseed's head into a faucet at a home on Lester Drive Saturday night. He was later found unresponsive by his father, who worked late the night before and did not check on the child before going to bed.

Emergency workers and police responded and found no obvious signs of trauma. Richland County Coroner Gary Watts later noticed a mark near Jayon's nose.

Hamm, who was caring for other children at the home, told police that the child ran into a door. Further investigation revealed Hamm slammed his head into a bathtub faucet while bathing him, according to an arrest warrant.

Police say two other children were in the bathtub when the injury occurred.

The warrant states Jayon had breathing difficulties and loss of strength within an hour of the incident. Watts said even if the child had received immediate medical attention, it may not have made a difference because the injury was so severe.

Watts also noted the boy's mother died in a car crash just 10 months ago in Orangeburg. Jayon survived the crash.

Hamm is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Police do not expect to make any additional arrests.

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