COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Colleton County Sheriff's Office has upgraded the charges against a teen mother whose infant died earlier this month after an autopsy revealed the baby died as a result of blunt force trauma.
According to Ted Stanfield, sheriff's office spokesman, investigators have charged 17-year-old Takevia Shanell Wilson, of Hampton, with homicide by child abuse. An autopsy revealed the infant died as a result of blunt force trauma to the abdomen with signs of asphyxiation.
Wilson was arrested days after her infant died on June 4 and was charged with unlawful conduct towards a child. She was later issued a $50,000 bond.
The teen mom was arrested Thursday night and is being held at the Colleton County Detention Center. A bond hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
The investigation began when deputies responded to a call of an unresponsive infant at 3738 Coolers Dairy Road, near Round-O, around 11 a.m. on June 4 to find EMS preparing to transport an infant to Colleton Medical Center. The infant was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
According to 911 records, a person at the home said the baby was sleeping on the couch. When Wilson went to pick him up he was not breathing.
When people at the home attempted to give CPR to the 9-month-old baby, "brown stuff came of the baby's mouth," a person on the phone told 911 dispatchers.
The baby's mother can be heard in the background of the recording yelling, "my baby's not breathing."
Sheriff's Major Paul Haase said Wilson was charged after investigators spoke everyone who was in the house at the time of the incident.