LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) - The Lexington County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a 2-month-old girl. Authorities say the parents of the child have been arrested.
Sheriff James R. Metts says the child's father, Jordan Ray Hodson, 33, of Pelion is charged with homicide by child abuse. The mother, Sara Elizabeth Hodson, 32, of Pelion is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.
According to Metts, an arrest warrant alleges that the Hodson's took their daughter, Makenna Elizabeth Hodson, to the Pelion Family practice because she was unresponsive. The girl was taken to the hospital where she received emergency care. The infant was pronounced dead at 9 p.m. Tuesday. The medical examination provided evidence of blunt force trauma.
Authorities arrested Jordan and Sara Hodson at the hospital after their explanations of the injuries to the child were not consistent with the examination findings.
Coroner Harry O Harman says an autopsy for Makenna Hodson indicated she died from gastric perforation and the complications resulting from the perforation.
In a bond hearing held at the Lexington County Detention Center, bond was denied for Jordan Hodson and set at $50,000 for Sara Hodson.
Investigators say at this point in the investigation, they believe this was not the first time Makenna Hodson was abused.
The Hodson's have three other children who are in the custody of the Department of Social Services. They are being interviewed by professionals.
The investigation is ongoing.