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Parents charged in death of 3-month-old son, facing 20-years behind bars

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Parents of an infant have been charged with homicide by child abuse by the Richland County Sheriff's Department and are facing 20-years to life.

According to the department 26-year-old, Danielle Jeanette Elrod and 26-year-old Jason Noel Goodrich have both been charged and are currently detained at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

The two turned themselves in to Richland County investigators on Wednesday.

Deputies say they responded to 6 Reynard Court just around 1 a.m. on Nov. 5, after receiving a call from EMS of a suspicious death.

A three-month-old baby boy was reportedly found unresponsive in bed.

An autopsy was performed and Richland County Coroner Gary Watts determined that the baby boy died as a result of asphyxiation. This was due to unsafe sleeping conditions created by Elrod and Goodrich.

Both parents had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana prior to laying in bed with the infant.

In 2016 Goodrich was charged with hit-and-run with property damage by the Columbia Police Department. He was also charged with domestic violence first degree.

Elrod was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor (11 - 14-years-old) second degree in 2014.


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