Child’s death sparks investigation

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By Kayla Vaughn

A 1-year-old child died Tuesday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital, sparking an investigation into the child’s death by the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies.

About 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, EMS and the sheriff’s office were called to a 14th Street home, where a father was carrying his unconscious son out of the home.

Deputies tried to help the child until paramedics arrived. Once there, EMS quickly transported the child to the hospital, where he died about an hour later.

The child’s father, the father’s girlfriend and two other small children were in the home when the incident occurred.

The sheriff’s office, along with the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Child Fatality Unit and the coroner’s office, are working together on the case and have issued warrants to search the home.

 “We are in the early stages of this investigation,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “A thorough investigation of the home and the facts and circumstances of this child’s death will be conducted, and the autopsy findings will be reviewed, along with other evidence gathered in the case.”

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers at (888) CRIME-SC (274-6372), www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.


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