ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS/Orangeburg T&D) - An Orangeburg woman has been charged in the death of her 1-month-old baby, according to the Orangeburg Times and Democrat.
Tyasia Lambright, 18, appeared in an Orangeburg County courtroom Thursday to formally face the charge of homicide by child abuse.
Her arrest warrant alleges that Lambright, "inflicted physical injury which caused the child's death."
"There is absolutely no excuse for this," the sheriff said. "No reason in the world could justify fatally injuring the most innocent of the innocents – a small child who hasn't even taken its first step, who now never will, at least on this earth."
A charge nurse at the Regional Medical Center told an Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office deputy at 8:30 p.m. Monday that the baby arrived via EMS "in cardiac arrest with both eyes swollen."
Deputies say further investigation revealed the infant's death was brought on by physical injuries inflicted by Lambright. Investigators say the child suffered from blunt force injuries which resulted in death.
An S.C. Department of Social Services caseworker and sheriff's office investigators interviewed the baby's parents.
If convicted, Lambright could face 20 years to life in prison.