Charleston County judge denies bail for man accused in Mount Pleasant child abuse death
A judge has denied bail for a man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy in Mount Pleasant from abuse.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office has identified the boy as Elijah Washington.
Elijah died in a hospital on March 19 of severe abdominal injuries as a result of blunt-force trauma, Mount Pleasant police Maj. Stan Gragg said.
Officers on Thursday arrested Bryan Okeith Seabrook, 25, of Mathis Ferry Road, and charged with homicide by child abuse. He will remain jailed without bail following a hearing this morning.
According to a police report, events surrounding the child’s death occurred as follow:
The child’s mother left home about 12:20 p.m. to catch the first of two buses to Tanger Outlets for a 5 p.m. cosmetology class at the Paul Mitchell School. Seabrook, who is her mother’s boyfriend, was to keep an eye on her son and two daughters.
The woman met a friend at Dunkin’ Donuts while waiting for class to start. She decided to skip the class and go to Buffalo Wild Wings instead to help her friend celebrate her birthday. They never made it to the restaurant.
The woman got a call that her son was at East Cooper Medical Center and she needed to get there quickly. She rushed to the hospital and found that her son had died. She collapsed to the floor in tears.
Seabrook told police that the boy threw up at the table and appeared weak in the bathtub, then appeared even worse after he put in him bed, so he brought him to the hospital along with his two sisters.
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