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Friday, May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA, SC - Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago announces the arrest of a caregiver accused of physically harming a child resulting in his death.

Margie Rene Hamm (DOB: 1-29-1979) is charged with Homicide by Child Abuse.

Hamm allegedly slammed a 2-year-old boy’s head into a bathtub faucet while she bathed him on Friday, May 17, 2013 at a home on in the 4100 block of Lester Drive.

It is believed that Hamm put the child to bed after allegedly abusing him.

While the investigation continues, CPD believes that the motive was anger.

The child’s family member called 9-1-1 when the victim was not responsive on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013.

CPD Officers and medical personnel responded to the home on Saturday. There were no obvious signs of trauma on the child at the time.

According to Richland County Coroner Gary Watts, Jayon F. Wilson-Turnipseed (DOB: 2-4-2011) died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head causing a brain injury.

Hamm was arrested by CPD last night after Investigators gained additional information on the case and with the assistance of the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

Interim Chief Santiago says, “This is an absolutely heartbreaking case. Children are supposed to be smiling, laughing, and playing. They are not supposed to fear that they could be injured or killed by someone who is supposed to love and care for them.”

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