A Ladson man is in jail without bond after authorities say he severely burned the hands and foot of his girlfriend's six-week-old baby with scalding water.
Charleston County Sheriff's deputies also arrested and charged the baby's mother and grandfather after investigators say they executed a search warrant inside their home and found marijuana plants growing inside.
A warrant charges Alexander Perry, 20, of Outwood Drive in Ladson with inflicting great bodily injury to the infant.
Deputies say they responded to Trident Medical Center at 4 p.m. Thursday and spoke with a nurse who said the baby had severe water burns on his hand and left foot that were not consistent with Perry's version of what happened.
Perry told officials that he gave the baby boy a bath in lukewarm water and that when he took the baby out, the infant's skin was peeling off. He said he peeled the baby's skin off, an incident report says.
Authorities say no one else was home at the time.
The report says the baby's mother, 18-year-old Angel Richardson, took the baby to the Emergency Room when she returned home and saw the burns. Hospital officials called authorities and later transported the baby to the Joseph M. Still Augusta Burn Center where the baby is still a patient.
Det. Rita Avila said the child is doing well and is expected to be released and put into custody of the Department of Social Services by the end of the week.
Deputies executed a search warrant at the Outwood Drive home where Perry lived with Richardson, her father and her 16-year-old brother. Maj. John Clark said they found multiple marijuana plants inside.
Warrants charge Perry and Richardson with manufacturing marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of Richardson's brother by having the plants in the home. Richardson's father, 48-year-old Brian Allen Richardson, is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Angel Richardson is still being held at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office on $50,000 bond. Her father was released on $10,000 bond.
Authorities say Richardson's brother was also taken into custody by the Department of Social Services.
Read more details in Thursday's editions of The Post and Courier.