SC mother charged in death of 3-year-old girl

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Friday Oct. 7, 2011

BENNETTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A Bennettsville mother and her boyfriend are charged with neglect following the death of her 3-year-old child.

Bennettsville police said Friday the investigation into the toddler's death continues.

Police say 25-year-old Atelia Hunt and 29-year-old Mike Huckabee Jr. are charged with unlawful neglect towards a child. It was unknown if they had lawyers.

Police say Hunter took Edna Hunt to Marlboro Park Hospital on Thursday night for an apparent heart attack. Police say the child obviously had been abused for some time. She had bruises on her body and burns on her private areas.

Marlboro County Coroner Tim Brown says an autopsy will determine what killed her.

The South Carolina Department of Social Services says in a statement it's assisting the investigation and is determined to find out what happened.


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