Two Women Collapse in Court After Hearing Life Sentence Verdict for Whipping Child to Death
These two women were quiet as mice before the judge handed down her verdict for them. We need to pray for these two women. They really must have been troubled to beat or allow the child to be beaten to death. This is beyond tragic and words can’t explain how to describe how horrific the this is for all parties.
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A Summerville woman accused of killing a 3-year-old girl entrusted to her care told police she had whipped the child multiple times with a belt after she had urinated on the floor, according to court records.
Erica Mae Butts, 23, of Congaree River Drive, is charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of Serenity Richardson. Butts was being held in the Charleston County jail without bail after a bond hearing Thursday before county Magistrate Linda Lombard.
Serenity’s lifeless body was found at Butts’ residence about 7 p.m. Tuesday after Butts’ mother dialed 911 and said the child was not breathing, according to court records. Summerville firefighters were the first to arrive and found the child in full cardiac arrest.
An unidentified woman inside the house told a paramedic the girl was sitting in a chair, fell backward and struck her head, the police report says.
Charleston County EMS took Serenity to Summerville Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 8:05 p.m.
Ieshia Richardson, the mother of 3-year-old Serenity Richardson, listens to the bond hearing for Erica Mae Butts, 23, (on screen) who was charged with homicide by child abuse in Serenity’s death.
Doctors and nurses at the hospital saw cuts and bruises on Serenity’s chest, abdomen, legs, arms, feet and back. The police report said there was a golf-ball sized bruise on her head and a large burn mark on her right leg. An autopsy by a Medical University of South Carolina forensic pathologist determined that the cause of death was “full body blunt force trauma,” the warrant says.
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