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