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All Posts in Category: child abuse


Officer’s Actions Under Investigation from FBI after Student Assault Caught on Video

Posted by Mary Lightman on 05 Nov, 2015

download (61)An incident surrounding a viral video involving a high school student and a police officer is now under investigation by both the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal authorities initiated a probe on Tuesday into the circumstances surrounding an incident between a school resource officer’s actions at a high school in South Carolina the day before.

Federal investigators will be lending their assistance to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department after it was thrust into the midst of a national controversy when one of the department’s deputies overturned the student’s… Read More


Toddler Falls into Camp Fire

Posted by Mary Lightman on 05 Jun, 2015

downloadA family camping trip was cut short when a toddler fell into a campfire. According to the Hart County Director of Emergency Services, Terrell Partain, a family from the North Georgia Mountains was visiting the area when their toddler was injured after falling into some embers and coals left after a campfire.

The accident happened at approximately 1:00 p.m. at the Payne Campground in Hart County on Monday.

The child was airlifted to the Augusta Burn Center for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries on his back and buttocks.

The child’s mother said the recovery will be long.

It … Read More


Be Careful Giving Alcohol to your Children

Posted by Mary Lightman on 30 Dec, 2013

Ano LobbUnderage drinking continues to be a problem across the country. As the world begins to make plans to send out the old year and ring in the New Year, parents are being reminded that throwing a party for their kids who are under the legal drinking age of 21 is a bad idea.

S.C. Statute 61-6-4070(C) clearly states that the underage consumption and transfer of alcohol ban does not apply to parents providing alcohol to their children in their home. However, even with this part of the law which seems to give parents’ permission to let their kids indulge, that statute will not help if a parent is fighting the… Read More


Another Dorchester County Toddler Died After Beating

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 14 Mar, 2011

In two months there have been two deaths of toddlers in Dorchester County. Back in mid January two people were arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse and Charleston child abuse attorneys briefly discussed the details of that incident. Now, it is awful to hear of another similar incident of child neglect and abuse. The known facts of the incident are as follows.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office and EMS, as well as the Old Fort Fire Department were dispatched to house on Jennings Drive the evening of February 16. Firefighters and paramedics administered advanced life support… Read More


West-Columbia Father and Daughter Charged for Death of Vulnerable Mother

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 19 Dec, 2010

In an extremely sad case of apparent disregard of a 60-year-old Columbia wife and mother, her husband and daughter have been charged of abusing or neglecting a vulnerable adult in the mother’s death. Lexington County deputies arrested the pair on December second and according to a Columbia news source their bond has been set at $75,000 after a hearing last Tuesday.

A Lexington County Sheriff indicated that this was the most severe adult abuse he has seen in his 43 years as an officer. When arrived at the hospital on December first, the mother weighed all of 48 pounds and was riddled with maggot… Read More


South Carolina teacher arrested for alleged abuse of a child

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 12 May, 2010

Charleston child sexual abuse attorneys recently learned that a South Carolina charter school teacher was arrested and charged with having sex with a 15-year-old student high school student. The teacher allegedly had sex with his 15-year-old student in a wooded area near the school’s premises on March 20, 2010.

The teacher taught business and computer skills at Calhoun Falls Charter School. He was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and preforming a lewd act on a minor. He was arrested and charged after one of the young girl’s family members allegedly found conversationsRead More


South Carolina Child Death: Couple sent to prison for starving child

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 16 Apr, 2010

South Carolina child injury and wrongful death lawyers report that the Sumter couple that starved their 16-month-old son to death will serve over 20 years behind bars. Marketta McCray, 24 years old of Sumter county, and Kevin Isaac, 26 years old also from Sumter county, both pled guilty to homicide by child abuse Monday, March 1, 2010.

When the couple’s 16-month-old son died he did not even weight 9 pounds, which is half the average body weight for a child his age. After learning of the child’s death and malnourishment, authorities investigated the couple’s other children. The victim also… Read More


Employees in Summerville, South Carolina School Charged with Abusing Autistic Child

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 16 Jan, 2010

Several employees at Knightsville Elementary School in Summerville, South Carolina have been charged in connection with supposed child abuse of an autistic student that took place at the school.

Teacher aide Heather Martin is accused of covering the nose and mouth of an autistic student to keep her quiet, dragging another student by the hair, throwing school supplies at another child, and grabbing another student in the genital area.

Former principal and vice principal of the school, Anita Ruff-Putillion and Mary Rita Watson are each accused of one charge of failing to report child abuse Read More