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Gaffney teen charged in death of infant son

Fantasia Marie Barnett-Butler is charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of her infant son.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, SC (WACH) - A Gaffney teen is charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of her infant son.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents arrested Fantasia Marie Barnett-Butler, 19, of Gaffney on Friday, June 15 after an investigation in connection with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

According to the arrest warrant, Barnett-Butler's 13-week-old baby boy, Mikeall Carter, died due to child abuse or neglect on April 22, 2010. Barnett-Butler is accused of causing the death, which "occurred under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life."

If convicted, Barnett-Butler faces 20 years to life in prison. She is being detained at the Cherokee County Detention Center.

The Seventh Circuit Solicitor's Office will prosecute the case.

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