Mother of 1-year-old who died in Sumter now facing charges

Mother of 1-year-old who died in Sumter now facing charges

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - The mother of a 1-year-old child who died in Sumter on Wednesday after being found unresponsive at a popular botanical garden in Sumter is now facing charges.

Latisha Rembert, 24, was charged Thursday with homicide by child abuse/neglect after an autopsy determined the boy died of hyperthermia.

Investigators were able to determine the mother had left the child in a parked car earlier in the day on Wednesday before driving to Swan Lake where the boy became unresponsive.

Officers said this incident serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers of leaving a child, vulnerable adult or pet inside a vehicle for any length of time regardless of the season.

Rembert is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

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