Bond denied for woman accused of fatally hitting 2-year-old with dumbbell

Bond denied for woman accused of fatally hitting 2-year-old with dumbbell

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WTOC) - Bond was denied for a St. Helena Island woman accused of hitting a 2-year-old girl with a 20-pound dumbbell.

Laquana Chisolm faces homicide by child abuse charges after the girl, Phylicia Garry, died two days later from severe head trauma.

Several of Chisolm's family members appeared in court Thursday afternoon to support her including her boyfriend, Derrell Garry, who is also the father of the toddler.

Despite her attorney's assurance that Chisolm's own three children are safe with department of social services, it wasn't enough to convince Circuit Judge Craig Brown.

Before the hearing started, Chisolm sat quietly in her chair and cried. The solicitor's office told the court a medical expert noted that Phylicia sustained a severe skull fracture ranging from the top of her head to the top of her spine when Chisolm struck her with the dumbbell on March 4.

They added that Chisolm contacted the toddler's mother later that night and falsely stated that they were in Charleston at a party and would not be back in time to drop her off.

The state added that given her prior arrest record, which includes trespassing and criminal domestic violence, Chisolm should not be allowed out on bond.

Brown then denied her bond but under one limitation.

"He has indicated that if we have not disposed of the case by Oct. 24 that that term of court, then she will be given I believe a $150,000 a surety bond at that time," said Sean Thornton, deputy solicitor.

If Chisolm does receive the $150,000 bond, Judge Brown is ordering that she have electronic monitoring and avoid any contact with children under the age of 18 unless supervised.

For now she remains at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

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