CHESTER, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina mother charged with killing her 4-day-old son by putting him in a refrigerator for three hours is out of jail after posting bond.
The Herald of Rock Hill reported Angela Blackwell was released on bond and house arrest after a hearing Thursday. She is charged with homicide by child abuse.
Blackwell cried at her bond hearing as her lawyer and family said she has no money and is not a flight risk. She was arrested in August after a six-month investigation.
Attorneys said Blackwell has the mental capacity of a fourth-grader. Her 3-year-old child was taken into protective custody by state social workers in February, when police found her infant suffering from hypothermia. The boy’s father was not charged in his death.
According to the coroner, the infant died from hypothermia. He was pronounced dead at the hospital after doctors were not able to raise his body temperature quickly enough to save him. They had initially detected a faint heartbeat.
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