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Suspect charged with homicide by child abuse in 3-year-old’s death

Posted on: November 6, 2009

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Suspect charged with homicide by child abuse in 3-year-old’s death
Published Wednesday, November 04, 2009 11:46 AM

By David Berman
Summerville Journal Scene

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Updated at 3:35 p.m. A Summerville woman has been arrested in the death of a 3-year-old girl who was unresponsive when brought Tuesday night to Summerville Medical Center, authorities said. The girl’s caregiver, Erica Mae Butts, 23, has been charged with homicide by child abuse, Capt. Jon Rogers said. The alleged abuse occurred at Butts’ home on Congaree River Drive in the Lakes of Summerville subdivision, Rogers said. Police learned of the incident about 7 p.m. First responders and EMS transported the victim to Summerville Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, he said. An autopsy performed Wednesday showed the child’s death was the result of multiple, full body trauma, he said. Butts is not related to the girl, who lived out of state, he said. Butts is said to be a friend of the girl’s family. Police on Wednesday notified the girl’s mother, who has been out of the state. The Charleston County Coroner’s Office was not ready to release information on the girl’s identity Wednesday afternoon, said Deputy Coroner Kelly Kraus. This story will be updated as more details become available.

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