Update: Bond denied, additional charges added in child’s death | News | The Press and Standard

by | August 18, 2017 4:28 pm

Kasiem Rashawn Stephens, 24, and Francesca Michelle Shuler, 25, both of 34 Novit’s Nook Court in Walterboro, were charged Thursday evening with homicide by child abuse in the death of Shuler’s 4-year old son.
At a Friday afternoon bond hearing, Stephens and Shuler were denied bond on a homicide by child abuse charge and had bond set at $150,000 on a second child abuse charge filed against them concerning the alleged abuse of Shuler’s six-year-old daughter.
According to the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office incident report, a nurse at the medical center said Shuler brought her son into the emergency room about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, allegedly told the nurse the boy was not breathing and tossed him into the nurse’s arms.
The nurse told law enforcement officials the boy was cold to the touch as she began conducting CPR while the youngster was moved to a room in the Emergency Department.
After the hospital personnel pronounced the child dead, the sheriff’s office was notified. The sheriff’s report of the radio traffic concerning the incident stated the child had bruises all over his body.
As the sheriff’s office was beginning its investigation, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s Special Victims/Child Fatality Unit was notified and responded to assist in the investigation at the request of Sheriff R. A. Strickland.
Shuler reportedly told deputies that she had been at work and left the 4-year-old boy and his 6-year-old daughter in the care of her boyfriend.
When she arrived at home, Shuler reportedly discovered that the child was not breathing and unresponsive and she, her boyfriend and the child’s sister transported the young boy to the hospital in a private vehicle.
The woman remained at the medical center, while her boyfriend took the 6-year-old and returned to the couple’s home.
Members of the sheriff’s office, SLED agents and Department of Social Service went to the Novit’s Nook Court residence and reportedly found evidence of abuse of both children.
DSS took custody of the 6-year-old female.

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  1. Comment by Tina

    August 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    So so sad for the pain and terror of this 4 year olds last day of life😓😓😓, and for the 6 year old sibling who seen or heard the abuse SMH IM SO SORRY LIL ONES I WISH I COULD HAVE PROTECTED YOU WITH ALL MY HEART

  2. Comment by Uncle X

    August 18, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    No plea deals please. DEATH PENALTY ONLY!!!!

  3. Comment by beth

    August 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    It is a shame such a precious life to be taken away in such a cowardly cruel manner. I was so saddened to hear this. We as parents suppose to protect ,defend, and love our children not abuse and murder them. There is no excuse that could justify the evil that was done here. None at all

  4. Comment by Melissa

    August 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    So sad children have to endure this

  5. Comment by morgan

    August 19, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Being familiar with the family of Francesca, I remember the trials she endured not defending her for this act of violence by any means, but mainly stating that slot of young women get abused and molested themselves and this has a big impact on their life style. What u are raised to accept follows you in your adult life. Yes what these two did to this child was horrible, in human, and they deserve what god has in store for them. I hope justice is served!

  6. Comment by Buster

    August 21, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Being raised a certain way does in fact affect the way you are as an adult.. Remembering how those actions made you feel should also affect your adult life.Want better for your children and to never have them feel that way.. With That being said.. If these two were raised in a in a way that made them do this or gives them an excuse for doing this then imagine what this Now Precious Little Angel could have done as an adult!! Parents make a child/adult who they are.They can break them quick, crush their little souls with verbal and physical abuse. This story breaks my heart and at the same time I’m relieved for these children to not have to ever go threw the horror that they have endured in their short little lives.. To the family of these children I am very sorry for your loss. He is no longer scared and hurting,he’s better than any of us down here..

    Child abuse is not always easy to recognize.. Physical abuse leaves marks. The marks from verbal abuse is not always so clear.. If you think one of your family members or friends are being abused then you should get involved!! If parents aren’t going to protect them then we have to.. I’d rather think it and take action then ignore it because it’s “not my business” and this happens.. I

  7. Comment by Nyaisha way

    August 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Some of y’all on here with y’all opinions and that’s fine but Kasiem Stephens is my FIRST cousin and we all was raised together and I know he isn’t guilty . Yes the baby being dead is a heart break for anyone but stop with all the negativity when you don’t know the full story all you doing is reading a report. #Justiceforkasiem

  8. Comment by morgan

    August 23, 2017 at 11:59 am

    The only thing that matters here is that a innocent child is dead. Bruises all over his little body and the cops saw enough to charge these two so justice should be for this child and only this child. Those bruises didn’t somehow appear from nowhere. Kasiem is not too innocent he the child’s mother out of a moving car on the interstate a few months back those are “facts” if that doesn’t say violent I don’t know wat does

  9. Comment by morgan

    August 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    #Justice For Ki’ Zydan Shuler!

  10. Comment by Nyaisha way

    August 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Of course the justice would be for the child and I never denied that I’m behind my family 100% and what he did to her in the past is in the past we are more focus on what happened to the child and my cousin is innocent so say what you want and again #justiceforkasiem

  11. Comment by morgan

    August 23, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Your correct, the past is the past and this is the present. Presently your cousin is sitting in jail for homicide of a child that was in his care that sustained blunt force Trama to the head and neck. So u can stand behind him 250% it doesn’t matter looks like u will be standing behind him in prison!

  12. Comment by Nyaisha

    August 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Guess I will and still would be shouting for justice . Now continue on with your day honey

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