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Home  |  News  |  Man, Woman Accused of Abusing Two-Month-Old

Man, Woman Accused of Abusing Two-Month-Old
Monday, October 17, 2011

 
Lexington County, SC (WLTX) -- Deputies have charged a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman Friday after they say the suspects were responsible for damage to a two-month-old child's ribs and brain.

Investigators with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said Benson Edem Essien and Tameeka Shanae Wallace were arrested after they turned themselves in to authorities Friday morning.

Deputies say the two-month-old girl is "undergoing medical treatment at a hospital for fractured ribs and brain trauma." Officials say the child has been treated since Oct. 7, and was listed in stable condition Friday at Palmetto Health Richland.

Sheriff James Metts said between Aug. 15 and Oct. 7, Essien and Wallace "unlawfully placed the two-month-old girl at unreasonable risk of harm by failing to provide timely medical attention for the girl and/or inflicting physical injuries or allowing physical injuries to be inflicted upon the girl."

Metts said that a doctor determined that the child's injuries were the result of physical abuse "for an extended period of time," and "were not the result of an accident." The sheriff said in a news release that medical personnel at the hospital noticed the child's injuries and reported them to deputies.

Metts said that while the child is being treated at the hospital, she can only be seen by law enforcement agents and Department of Social Services employees. After the child is released from the hospital's care, Metts said DSS would take custody of her.

Essien and Wallace were each charged with unlawful conduct towards a child by a legal custodian. If convicted, each suspect could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

If you know of any instances of child abuse, Metts urges you to call CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 1-888-CRIME-SC or text a tip to "CRIMES" beginning with the term "TIPSC."

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/crimestoppers/article/155250/28/Man-Woman-Accused-of-Abusing-Two-Month-Old

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