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Father of deceased infant: "I apologize for actions that led up to this"

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Moments before a Lexington County judge denied bond for a man accused of causing the death of his 2-month-old daughter, the man apologized for his actions.

Deputies arrested 33-year-old Jordan Ray Hodson of Pelion and his wife, 32-year-old Sara Elizabeth Hodson Tuesday after their daughter died in an area hospital. The Hodsons are charged with unlawful conduct towards a child. The judge set bond for Sara Hodson at $50,000.

Jordan Hodson apologized in court during his bond hearing. "I apologize for actions that led up to this," said Hodson. "I'm a positive force in this world, never meant to hurt my daughter."

A tearful Sara Hodson also apologized. "I'm really sorry. I just can't believe this happened. I love my kids," she said in court.

According to the arrest warrant, the Hodsons took their daughter, Makenna Elizabeth, to the Pelion Family Practice on Edmund Highway in Pelion Tuesday because she was unresponsive.  Makenna Hodson was taken to Lexington Medical Center, then to Palmetto Health Children's Hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Hodson died at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Doctors determined she suffered from blunt force trauma.

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed on Wednesday indicated that the child died from gastric perforation and complications resulting from gastric perforation, said Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said a friend told investigators that the baby had been mistreated. "The mother has been heard making comments like, 'I don't want this child. This child is driving me crazy. I feel like taking this child and throwing it up against the wall and doing away with it,'" said Metts. "There's been a lot of information that has come to our attention to make us believe this child has been mistreated for the two months of its life."

After investigators determined the Hodsons' explanations of their daughter's injuries were not consistent with the findings of doctors, deputies arrested the couple at Lexington Medical Center.

The Hodsons have three other kids. They are in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

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