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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives on Monday, October 1 arrested a 33-year-old Gaston man on charges that the man threw a 17-month-old boy across a room at the man’s Gaston home, causing the boy to lose consciousness. The man also is accused of shaking the boy with extreme physical force, causing the boy to suffer seizure-like convulsions.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said detectives arrested Jason Daniel Sightler, 33, of Gaston, on an arrest warrant on a charge of inflicting great bodily injury upon a child. Sightler was being held on Tuesday, October 2 at the Lexington County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.

An arrest warrant alleges that at about 5 p.m. on September 26 Sightler threw the 17-month-old boy across a room at Sightler’s Gaston home, causing the boy to lose consciousness, Metts said. Sightler then placed the boy in a bathtub in order to try to force the boy to regain consciousness. Sightler picked up the boy and used extreme physical force to shake the boy several times, causing the boy’s eyes to roll back into his head and resulting in seizure-like convulsions.

The arrest warrant further alleges that the 17-month-old boy was taken to a hospital, where a physician determined that the boy suffered a subdural hematoma and retinal hemorrhaging, Metts said. The physician further determined that the hematoma and hemorrhaging were consistent with blunt force trauma that was intentionally inflicted upon the boy.

Sightler injured the 17-month-old boy while Sightler temporarily cared for the boy in order to assist the boy’s mother, who is acquainted with Sightler, Metts said. Sightler previously cared for the boy on several additional occasions. The mother did not pay Sightler to care for the boy.

The 17-month-old boy received medical treatment at a hospital and later was released, Metts said. The boy currently is living with relatives and not his mother.

Under South Carolina law, inflicting great bodily injury upon a child is a felony that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison, Metts said.

Metts asked anyone with information about additional instances in which Sightler interacted improperly with children to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).

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