Case involving North Charleston man accused of killing 3-year-old headed for grand jury

Curtis Tyrone Williams

A case involving a North Charleston man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son by “chopping” his back for not moving fast enough is headed to a grand jury.

Curtis Tyrone Williams, 25, of Orvid Street, is charged with homicide by child neglect in the Oct. 26 death of Kamari McKithen, also of North Charleston.

He appeared Wednesday in front of a judge for a preliminary hearing and his attorney, Mary Ford, argued that the killing didn’t show “extreme indifference to human life,” she said.

The judge, however, found probable cause in the case, and bound it over to a grand jury. Prosecutors from the Ninth Judicial Circuit were not immediately available for comment about the hearing.

Williams previously told police that Kamari was his girlfriend’s son. Police charged Williams after he admitted striking the boy with a closed fist, according to an arrest affidavit.

He initially told investigators that Kamari started acting strangely and defecated in his pants after they returned from an outing to a nearby playground and settled in to watch more football. After he gave the boy a bath, Williams told police, Kamari fell limp and his breathing went shallow. Kamari stopped breathing entirely while Williams raced him to the hospital, according to an incident report.

Williams later confessed to “chopping” the boy in the back when he didn’t walk out of the bathroom fast enough, according to the arrest affidavit. When asked to explain further, Williams showed investigators a closed fist he used to strike the boy, the document said.

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