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Mother charged in baby's death denied bond

Alexis Grant and VaShawn Williams (CCSO)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — North Charleston police responded to a hotel on Rivers Avenue for reports of an infant who was unresponsive.

According to NCPD officials, they arrived at the Inn Towne Suites around 2 p.m. Thursday and talked to the mother who said she was feeding the infant when the baby started to cough, throw up, and stopped breathing.

She said she called 911 and the baby was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Investigators later learned the baby died "from injuries sustained as the result of abuse."

On Friday they arrested 22-year-old Alexis Grant and charged her with Homicide by Child Abuse. The baby's father, Shawn Williams, has been charged with Unlawful Conduct towards a Child.

During bond court Saturday detectives called the baby boy's death a "clear cut case" of homicide by child abuse and noted that the autopsy revealed a fractured skull among other injuries.

According to an affidavit, Grant admitted to getting frustrated with the child and struck him several times in the head, causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head again. The affidavit states the father saw the abuse and did nothing about it.

Grant was denied bond. Williams was granted a $100,000 bond.

We will update this story when more information becomes available.

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