One of the women accused of beating to death a 3-year-old child last week fled the state when she couldn't get the child to wake up, an arrest affidavit states.
Summerville police charged Shanita Latrice Cunningham, 23, with homicide by child abuse Friday night, three days after Serenity Richardson died as a result of full-body blunt force trauma.
An arrest affidavit says Cunningham was at her Congaree River Drive home Nov. 3 when co-defendant Erica Mae Butts, who faces the same charge, reportedly beat the girl, who had urinated on the floor, with a belt.
The affidavit states Cunningham told her mother that she also struck the girl for urinating on the floor and saw the victim's injuries while giving her a shower.
She also told her mother that she fled the house and the state to escape law enforcement when she saw the victim's eyes begin to dry, the affidavit states.
It also states that Cunningham told the victim's mother that she put the child on ice to try to shock her and attempted to wake her by putting bleach under her nose.
Summerville police Capt. Jon Rogers said Cunningham started to head toward her home state of Michigan.
Investigators spoke to her over the phone multiple times. She arrived at the Summerville police station Friday night with an attorney. Cunningham and Butts are being held in jail without bail.
Family members said Serenity's mother left her with Butts, the child's godmother, while she was moving from one home in Detroit to another.
The girl's body was flown back home for burial Monday. Family members said donations from residents of both South Carolina and Michigan made the trip possible.
Anna Richardson, Serenity's grandmother, said the family is grateful to everyone for allowing her granddaughter to return home.
"We really appreciate everyone's support," she said. "Everyone has been so wonderful to our family."