Richland Co. parents charged with causing 4-year-old's death

Richland Co. parents charged with causing 4-year-old's death

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The parents of a 4-year-old boy who was found dead Monday night have been charged in connection with his death.

A spokesperson for the Richland County Sheriff's Department says deputies found the boy unresponsive around 6:00 Monday night at 104 Beaverbrook Road, which is near Fairfield Road in the Hollywood Hills subdivision.

The boy's father, 28-year-old Antonio Guinyard, was charged with homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct towards a child. His mother, 25-year-old Courtney Shante Thompson, faces the same charges.

Both were booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Tuesday after being arrested at Richland County Sheriff's Department Headquarters.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said the child died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and body.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said that after investigators conducted a thorough and methodical investigation into what led up to the death of the toddler, deputies concluded that Thompson and Guinyard were ultimately responsible for his death.

Lott said that prior to the death of the 4-year-old, five other children were with various family members. A newborn that was in the home at the time of the incident was taken into protective custody.

"This is a horrific case of a mother and father killing their own flesh and blood," said Lott. "We've learned to reduce child auto fatalities through the use of seatbelts and child safety seats, we've learned about reducing child fatalities in cribs, we've also learned to reduce child fatalities when it comes to the toys they play with but one thing we've got to learn is how to handle stress when it comes to our children."

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