CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County coroner released the identity of the child whose body was found Saturday night in a pond in North Charleston.
Ja’Naiyah Holt, 2, died just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday after being taken to the hospital, according to Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton.
Holt was found in a pond 7900 block of Crossroads Drive at around 6:50 p.m.
A witness told North Charleston Police he saw something floating in the pond outside his apartment and realizing it was a child, went into the pond to pull her out, the incident report states. A bystander was able to lead police to the building in which the girl’s family lives.
There, police found the father who said he had a friend over at the apartment earlier in the day but that the friend left at approximately 3:30 p.m. He said he saw his daughter asleep in the apartment at about the same time and he went to sleep as well, the report states. He said the door to the apartment was closed but not locked, but said the child has never been able to open the door to go outside on her own before, the report states.
The cause of death is pending and an autopsy has been scheduled.
North Charleston is investigating the death.