Ladson — Charleston County sheriff’s deputies searched a Woodside Manor home Wednesday following the death of an infant boy.
It was not the first time deputies have been to 4537 Outwood Drive regarding an infant and a medical emergency, authorities and Woodside residents said.
Sheriff’s Maj. Jim Brady said deputies responded at 10:13 a.m. to Trident Hospital after being notified of an infant death.
Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay said 2-month-old Kayden Melvin was initially brought in unresponsive to Nason Medical Center, then transferred to the hospital.
Lindsay said an autopsy is planned, and said the coroner’s office is not answering questions about Kayden’s death right now.
“I can’t really discuss anything else,” she said.
While investigators were at the home Wednesday, they searched the property and in the backyard discovered that a puppy had recently been buried.
Brady said the puppy’s death does not appear related to the infant’s death.
He said deputies came to the same address in 2009 after a 6-week-old baby was burned with scalding water.
In that incident, 20-year-old Alexander Perry told deputies he was home alone with his girlfriend’s baby when the baby’s skin started peeling off after a bath in lukewarm water.
A nurse told deputies that the baby had severe burns on a hand and foot that were not consistent with Perry’s story, according to an incident report.
Reports from 2009 said the child was flown to the Augusta Burn Center.
Deputies who probed the incident three years ago searched the home and found multiple marijuana plants growing inside.
Investigators charged Perry and the baby’s mother, 18-year-old Angel Richardson, with manufacturing marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, because Richardson’s 16-year-old brother lived in the home, deputies said.
Her father, 48-year-old Brian Allen Richardson, also was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The state Department of Social Services was contacted to take the child into protective custody.
It could not be determined Wednesday night what happened with the child.
Prosecutors later dismissed the charges against the Richardsons, with court records noting that a co-defendant had pleaded guilty to similar charges in the case.
Perry’s court records from the incident could not be located, but he is currently serving time in state prison on a weapons charge.
Brady said investigators still are examining the circumstances of Wednesday’s incident and could not comment on the possibility of any connection to the previous case.
County property records indicate that Brian Richardson still owns the home, and phone records show a listing there for his daughter as well.
Neighborhood residents said Angel Richardson is the mother of the infant who died Wednesday. A man who responded to a knock at the Richardson home ordered reporters off the property.
At two nearby homes, neighbors who had lived there eight to 10 years said they are aware of previous investigations at 4537 Outwood Drive.
An Outwood Drive resident who identified himself only as Honre said he was alarmed Wednesday.
“I woke up and there were cops all over the place.” He said he has lived next door to Angel Richardson for eight years and knows her by sight but not as a person.
Mary Benton of Peatwood Drive said the Richardsons don’t communicate with others in the neighborhood.
“It’s very sad,” she said of the baby’s death. “It did something to me.”
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