UPDATE: Toddler's death leaves one Aiken man behind bars

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, September 2, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- "I feel sad because a child shouldn't have to go through that," neighbor Aliyah Riley said.

Riley lives just steps away from 28-year-old Ivory Blackshire. Friday afternoon deputies arrested him at a home on Dallas Circle after getting an EMS call for an unresponsive child.

"All they had was unresponsive child, and then they were doing everything they could medically to assist," Capt. Eric Abdullah explained.

"There was an ambulance and police officers and everything at this one trailer," Aliyah remembered.

The incident report says Blackshire was sitting on the couch when he noticed the baby's head begin to bobble and his eyes roll back into his head before going limp.

Neighbors say they saw the baby laying on the ground as emergency crews rushed to administer CPR, trying to give the baby life.

The 2-year-old was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment. That's where investigators noticed something suspicious.

"There were some injuries that were documented which subsequently led to Mr. Blackshire's arrest for inflicting great bodily injury upon a minor," Abdullah said.

Yesterday those charges were upgraded to homicide by child abuse.

"My heart is broken. I feel for the family because their little guy is gone," Riley said.

"We want to take our time and make sure that we're investigating this thoroughly. We are having to speak for the victim, and that's the main thing that we want to do. You want to be that advocate," Abdullah said.

Officers say Blackshire is the boyfriend of the baby's mother. The incident report says she was at work at the time this happened.

Another interesting mention in the incident report says the baby was taking medication for a recent staph infection. It also states the home they were in has no air conditioning. The temperature Friday was in the 90s.

Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW) -- A 28-year-old Aiken man is behind bars accused of homicide by child abuse.

The Aiken County Sheriff's office says last week a 2-year-old was transported to Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Investigators found injuries on the child and arrested Ivory Blackshire.
The child was transferred to GRU and died.

Blackshire is being held the Aiken County Detention Center as the investigation continues.

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