Wednesday, May 28 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-05-28 22:46:43 GMT
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Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
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The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
Two parents will spend life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found them guilty of beating their 4-year-old child to death.
Members of a Richland County-based jury returned guilty verdicts against Robert Antonio Guinyard, Sr., 28, and Courtney Shante Thompson, 25, just a few hours after prosecutors delivered their closing arguments on Wednesday.
Both were charged with homicide by child abuse and unlawful conduct towards a child.
Thompson and Guinyard stood accused of beating their 4-year-old son, Robert Guinyard, Jr., with a curtain rod because the boy failed to control his bodily functions.
The case also became a lightning rod for political debate as several senators accused the Department of Social Services of not protecting the boy despite the fact several calls were made about him.
In fact, Robert had been returned home by DSS following an incident four years ago.
State prosecutors slammed the pair in their arguments and said Robert was "tortured by his own parents."
"The system failed Robert," said one prosecutor.
Both parents pleaded for leniency after the verdicts were read.
"I'm an innocent man, I did my best," said Guinyard, Sr. "I can't do much about it, have mercy on me."
Courtney Thompson told the judge "I did not kill my baby. I didn't."
Thompson and Guinyard were escorted out of the courtroom shortly after Judge Robert Hood sentenced the parents.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
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Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>