Charleston Co. coroner to conduct inquest in 2-year-old's death

Charleston Co. coroner to conduct inquest in 2-year-old's death
Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten spoke about the victims at a news conference Thursday. (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County's coroner has scheduled an inquest in the death of a toddler who died in 2013.

Elijah Washington was two years old when he died on March 19, 2013.

Coroner Rae Wooten has scheduled the inquest for Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 3B at the Charleston County Courthouse at 100 Broad Street.

Mount Pleasant Police responded to the East Cooper Medical Center on March 19, 2013 to investigate Washington's death. The police report stated the toddler suffered "severe abdominal injuries as a result of blunt force trauma."

Investigators initially charged Bryan Seabrook in the child's death, but those charges were dismissed in September 2015, according to court records.

Seabrook told investigators at the time the problem began when the child was sitting at a table at home and vomited chips he had just eaten. He said he gave the child a bath and shortly after the bath, the child soiled his diaper, an incident report states.

The man told investigators he changed the child again and gave him some vitamin water. Investigators said the man told them he noticed Washington appeared to be weak and slumped over as he was in the bath tub.

The man told investigators the child was then placed in a room to watch a movie with his sister, but when the man returned to the room a few minutes later to check on the child, the toddler was lying on his back and his jaw appeared to be locked shut. The man attempted to administer CPR and saw blood coming from the toddler's nose and then immediately transported the child to the hospital, the report states.

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