Lexington woman sentenced to life in prison for killing infant daughter
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) – A Lexington County mother will spend the rest of her life behind bars after being found guilty of the death of her baby daughter.
According to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, 23-year-old Heather Marie Lawson was found guilty of the charge of homicide by child abuse after killing her seven-month-old daughter Addyson Tuckus.
“The tragic death of this 7-month-old baby is heartbreaking. It’s our responsibility to make sure her death doesn’t go unpunished. Our office has worked tirelessly over the years to bring murderers like Lawson to justice while giving a voice to our voiceless," Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard said. “This conviction is yet another example of what we can accomplish when our prosecutors and law enforcement work together for justice. Lawson will spend the rest of her life in prison – this is what justice looks like in Lexington County.”
Lexington County Emergency Medical services were called to the home of Lawson at 157 Weaver Drive on Monday, June 26, according to a release. First responders found the seventh-month-old lifeless with large areas of bruising to her head.
The infant was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival at Lexington Medical Center. An autopsy conducted by Forensic Pathologist Dr. Janice Ross determined the infant died as a result of blunt force trauma due to repeated blows to her head.
Detective Adam Creech and Sgt. Traci Barr of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit immediately obtained a search warrant of the home and began obtaining statements from Lawson.
According to the investigators, Lawson’s explanation changed regarding the source and cause of the infant’s head injuries. Lawson was also the only adult caregiver during the time period of her death.
Evidence recovered from Lawson’s phone by CSI Detective Mike Phipps confirmed that Lawson was home with the infant throughout the day. Ross testified that multiple impact injuries were observed on the infant’s forehead, the top of her head, the crown area and the base of her skull.
Lawson is being transferred to the S.C. Department of Corrections to begin her sentence immediately.