South Carolina baby dead after being left in refrigerator

A South Carolina woman is facing some serious charges after being accused of putting her newborn in a refrigerator for hours.

Angela Blackwell walked into court, eyes red, her hands cuffed in front of her charged with homicide by child abuse. Her father in law Billy Lewis was blunt about the case against her:

“I think it’s a bunch of bull****,” said Billy Lewis the child’s grandfather.

Blackwell is accused of putting her four day old son William in a refrigerator for three hours at their home on Rose Street on February 27th. Deputies say she then removed him and called E-M-S. The infant died from hypothermia. Lewis was emotional when remembering holding his grandson.

“I held him for two and a half hours,” Lewis said. “I sang to him, talked to him.”

Longtime friends remember when the child died hearing rumors in the neighborhood.

“All I know was that the baby had died and back then nobody (knew) what happened,” said family friend Tim Houston.

Deputies interviewed many people who were in the house and SLED also got involved in the investigation. Nearly six months later Blackwell was charged.

“You just wouldn’t think a mother would do that to a child,” Houston said.

Husband Jeff Lewis believes she didn’t do it and so does his father. They say another young child in the house that night who has autism placed the baby in the refrigerator not Blackwell.

“I know she (did) it. There’s no doubt in my mind,” Lewis said.

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