The Latest: No bond for mom accused of putting son in fridge

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Posted: Aug 23, 2016 3:30 PM
The Latest: No bond for mom accused of putting son in fridge

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a South Carolina mother charged with killing her infant by putting him in the refrigerator (all times local):

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2:40 p.m.

Bond has been denied for a mother charged with killing her infant son by putting him in the refrigerator for several hours.

A magistrate judge made that determination during a brief hearing Tuesday for 27-year-old Angela Blackwell. She is charged with homicide by child abuse, and it will be up to a circuit court judge to determine if she can be released from jail on bond.

Blackwell appeared in court with a public defender. Her next court date is Nov. 10.

Blackwell was arrested Monday. Deputies say she was at her home February 27 when she put her 4-day-old son in the refrigerator and shut the door. After three hours, she took him out and sought medical attention.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker says William David Blackwell died from hypothermia and asphyxiation.

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1 p.m.

The father of an infant who died after being refrigerated for several hours has a lengthy arrest record.

Records show 35-year-old Jeffery Paul Lewis has convictions in South Carolina dating back to 2005 arrests for petit larceny and shoplifting. Corrections Department officials say Lewis also served more than two years in prison after another petit larceny conviction and subsequent probation violation.

There was no answer Tuesday at phone numbers listed for Lewis, who isn't charged in the death of his newborn son. Authorities say four-day-old William David Blackwell died in February after his mother put him in the refrigerator for several hours.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker says the baby died from hypothermia with asphyxiation from being placed in the cold.

Twenty-seven-year-old Angela Blackwell was expected to have a bond hearing Tuesday on a charge of homicide by child abuse. It wasn't known if she had an attorney.

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10:30 a.m.

A bond hearing has been scheduled for a South Carolina mother charged with killing her infant son by putting him in the refrigerator for several hours.

Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse says 27-year-old Angela Blackwell was expected to have a bond hearing at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chester County jail.

Blackwell was arrested Monday on a charge of homicide by child abuse. Deputies say she was at her home February 27 when she put her 4-day-old son in the refrigerator and shut the door. After three hours, she took him out and sought medical attention.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker says William David Blackwell died from hypothermia with asphyxiation from being placed in the cold.

Sprouse said he didn't know if Blackwell had an attorney.

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10 a.m.

A South Carolina mother is charged with killing her infant son by putting him in the refrigerator for several hours.

Authorities say 27-year-old Angela Blackwell was arrested Monday on a charge of homicide by child abuse.

Deputies say Blackwell was at her home on February 27 when she put her 4-day-old son in the refrigerator and shut the door. After three hours, she took him out and sought medical attention.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker says William David Blackwell died from hypothermia with asphyxiation from being placed in the cold.

Chief Deputy Robert Sprouse said he didn't know when Blackwell would be in court or if she had an attorney. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry says the agency's special unit on child deaths has worked on the case.

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