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SC baby sitter charged with toddler's death

Feb 18, 2011 12:15:00 PM - thestate.com
Dorchester County sheriff's deputies have charged a baby sitter with homicide by child abuse after a toddler she was caring for was beaten to death.

Thirty-year-old Maria Mendez-Briones of Summerville was arrested Friday morning.

Coroner Chris Nisbet says Jeramy Marquez Castro died Wednesday night from brain swelling after he was beaten. The boy would have celebrated his first birthday Friday.

Nisbit says sheriff's deputies and emergency medical workers were called to a house around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. The boy was taken to Summerville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Nisbet says the child had been dropped off with the caregiver around midday Wednesday and the mother called about 6:30 p.m. and was told the boy was unresponsive.

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