COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Latest on a South Carolina mother charged with killing her infant by putting him in the refrigerator:
Bond has been denied for a mother charged with killing her infant son by putting him in the refrigerator for several hours.
A magistrate judge made that determination during a brief hearing Tuesday for 27-year-old Angela Blackwell. She is charged with homicide by child abuse, and it will be up to a circuit court judge to determine if she can be released from jail on bond.
Blackwell appeared in court with a public defender. Her next court date is Nov. 10.
Blackwell was arrested Monday. Deputies say she was at her home February 27 when she put her 4-day-old son in the refrigerator and shut the door. After three hours, she took him out and sought medical attention.
Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker says William David Blackwell died from hypothermia and asphyxiation.
The father of an infant who died after being refrigerated for several hours has a lengthy arrest record.
Records show 35-year-old Jeffery Paul Lewis has convictions in South Carolina dating back to 2005 arrests for petit larceny and shoplifting. Corrections Department officials say Lewis also served more than two years in prison after another petit larceny conviction and subsequent probation violation.
There was no answer Tuesday at phone numbers listed for Lewis, who isn’t charged in the death of his newborn son. Authorities say four-day-old William David Blackwell died in February after his mother put him in the refrigerator for several hours.