Infant dies from Shaken Baby Syndrome
Mon, 03 Aug 2009 21:58:50 GMT —
Police released the cause of death for a six week old baby in Darlington County Monday. They say the baby girl died of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Police believe the 6 week old baby girl took her last breath last week at her parents home on Shilow Drive in Darlington County. An incident report says by the time the child was taken to the hospital, she showed no signs of life and was pronounced dead.
An autopsy was ordered.
"Based on the injuries that the child had, we believe the child died from being shaken," said Darlington County Coroner Todd Hardee.
Police have charged the baby's parents, 17-year-old Heather Pingitore and 19-year-old David Rush with unlawful neglect toward a child by legal custodian.
Lymeak Smallwood lives a few houses down from the couple. He says he ran into them a day after their baby died.
"They was like, the baby had suffocated on the little surrounding of the bed or whatever," said Lymeak.
Lymeak says the couple then gave him several of their baby girl's things including a crib, formula, and clothing.
"They was like, do you know anybody who has a baby? I was like, my God sister, and she was like, Do you know want a crib, stroller, whatever?"
Police say Rush and Pingitore could face more charges as the investigation continues.
"We just want to find out what the details are exactly what happened in this case," said Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd.
Byrd says the couple just recently moved to Darlington County from New Jersey.
Bond was denied for the parents on Saturday.