On Thursday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott took Cassandra Clautu into custody for unlawful conduct toward a child. He faces homicide charges along with her boyfriend, Philip Coker. The Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center holds both of them.
Lott said a four-month-old baby who was unresponsive was transported to a local hospital by EMS on Sept. 6. In addition to bruises on the baby’s back, arms, legs, and ears, it also had scratches on the face.
As of Thursday, Sept. 8, the child had been declared brain dead. Coker was watching her baby when she awoke to find the baby unresponsive.
The baby’s autopsy on Sept. 9 found rib fractures, severe brain hemorrhaging, and bruises throughout his body. After further investigation, it was discovered that the baby had suffered injuries in a previous incident. However, the investigators said the baby was not treated at the time by Clautu.
What was the Cassandra Clautu child’s cause of death:
Injuries to the child’s back, legs and ears can lead to the child’s death, but we cannot be sure about this, as the doctors have not given any statement.
What happened to Cassandra Clautu and her child?
It is alleged that Cassandra Clautu, 27, and her boyfriend, Philip Coker, 34, are responsible for the death. A charge of unlawful conduct toward a child has been filed against Clautu. Homicide by child abuse charge was filed against Coker the same day. Since then, the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center has taken both into custody.
Two days later, on Sept. 8, the baby was pronounced brain dead after being placed on life support.
During a night out with her boyfriend, Cassandra Clautu claimed the baby was unresponsive. As a result, he called the emergency services, she said.