Woman Charged With Murder After Killing Her Baby By Putting Him In the Fridge
A 27-year-old woman in Chester, South Carolina was arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse on Monday after allegedly putting her 4-day-old son in her home's refrigerator for several hours. According to an autopsy, the child died from hypothermia and asphyxiation.
Authorities say Angela Blackwell placed her infant son, William David Blackwell, in the refrigerator and shut the door for three hours before removing him and calling for help on February 27. The infant was pronounced dead at the hospital, although they "initially detected a faint heartbeat,"WSOCreports.
At the time of the incident, there were several other people present at Blackwell's home, which led to a lengthy investigation in order to ensure the boy's mother was the most viable suspect. The deceased infant's father, however, still believes that she is innocent.
"She's a good mother," Jeff Lewis toldChannel 9. "I think it's all bullsh--t. She didn't hurt the child. She didn't do nothing to cause it to die."
Blackwell is currently being held at Chester County Jail. On Tuesday, she was denied bail. If convicted, she faces 20 years to life in prison.
Additional reporting from The Associated Press.
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