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West Columbia woman charged with neglect in daughter's death

Jackie Sue Henderson Jackie Sue Henderson

(West Columbia) June 12, 2006 - A West Columbia woman has been charged with neglect in connection with the June 5th death of her 30-year-old mentally disabled daughter.

Jackie Henderson, 45, and her special needs daughter Kim Henderson lived in a camper behind a relative's home in West Columbia.

A week ago, according to investigators, Jackie left a bottle of bourbon in the fridge. Investigators say Kim drank herself to death. Her blood alcohol level was seven times the legal limit. The coroner said Kimberly Henderson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.608 percent.

The Lexington sheriff says Kimberly Henderson suffered from a mental disability that severely impaired her judgment and made it unsafe for her to be left alone.

"She was neglected and left alone by her mother who knew she would consume this alcohol to point it would kill her," says Sheriff James Metts. "We don't see these cases very often in Lexington County. It is unusual."

Metts says Jackie Henderson turned herself in at about 9:15am on Monday on an arrest warrant for unlawful abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult.

Jackie Henderson has been employed with Lexington District Four for 12 years as a bus driver and more recently a secretary at Swansea High School. A spokesman says, as of now, she hasn't been terminated.

Jackie Henderson's bond was set at $200,000. At last check she hasn't posted bond and remains in the Lexington County jail. If found guilty of the crime, Henderson could go to prison for 30 years.

Kim Henderson attended Swansea First Baptist Church and Swansea High School and won a gold medal in cheerleading at the 2006 Special Olympics.

Updated 11:18pm by Bryce Mursch

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