ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charges have been dropped against a 26-year-old man accused of kidnapping a 4-month-old girl in Holly Hill after it was discovered the suspect was allegedly committing a different crime at the time of the incident, according to the 1st Circuit Solicitor David Pascoe.
Rondell Robert Washington was arrested earlier this week and charged with kidnapping for an incident where a baby was taken from a house during a home invasion on January 14.
The kidnapping charge will dropped Friday because Washington has an alibi.
According to Washington's attorney Mike Dupree, Washington was allegedly committing criminal domestic violence at the time of the home invasion.
According to an MUSC Public Safety incident report, Washington got into a physical altercation with the mother of his child in a room at the Children's Hospital on January 14 around 3:15 p.m.
Washington reportedly struck the victim with a closed fist and threw her on the hospital bed. After the altercation between the two, Washington left the room.
Charleston police say Washington turned himself in to authorities on January 17 around 10:45 p.m. on a warrant for first degree criminal domestic violence.
Pascoe says court records show Washington was in bond court on January 18 for the CDV charge.
Washington was originally arrested on January 22 and charged in the home invasion.
"Through our investigation, Rondell Robert Washington was identified as a suspect in our burglary and kidnapping case," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said."The North Charleston Police Department along with the Sheriff's Investigators conducted an extensive investigation locating Washington. Washington and 6 other unknown individuals entered the residence on Catamount Road one week ago kidnapping a 4-month-old baby. One of the gunmen struck a 52-year-old woman in the head with a gun while she was protecting a child. The 4-month-old baby was found a short time later in Berkeley County."
Ravenell concludes "We will not stop looking for the misfits who entered this home, physically and mentally abusing a family, and removing a helpless child from her caregivers. Our investigation won't stop until all the persons have answered to their charges."
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 803-534-3550 or CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC.