Mother And Father Charged In Baby’s Death

May 14, 2017
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A man and woman in North Charleston are facing charges in the death of their 1-year-old son inside a hotel room.

Alexis Grant, 22, and Vashawn Williams, 24, were arrested and booked at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center on Friday night. Grant has been charged with homicide by child neglect, and Williams is charged with unlawful neglect for failing to protect the infant, says an affidavit.

Police Officers were called to the Inn Town Suites on Rivers Avenue in reference to an unresponsive baby on Thursday afternoon. The child was taken to the hospital, where he died.

Grant told the detectives that she noticed her son was breathing abnormally after giving him a bottle and called the police, however an autopsy suggests a different story, according to affidavits.

The autopsy showed the infant died of blunt force trauma to his head. He suffered skull fractures, bruising, six broken ribs as well as a broken left forearm, affidavits state.

Grant later said that she hit the baby’s head multiple times after getting frustrated with him, causing him to fall, however Williams admitted to seeing the 1-year-old’s mother punch him in his stomach and slam him against a hotel room dresser.

Grant and Williams appeared in the Charleston County Detention Center on Saturday morning for a bond hearing. Grant was not granted a bond, while Williams was given a surety bond of $100,000.

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