Shaveta McGill isn't a suspect in her child's beating death, but she shouldn't have left her 7-year-old daughter alone in their house for several hours, 9th Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said today.
Leaving Ta'Mya Grant by herself for so long put the child in an "unreasonable risk of harm," Wilson said during a bond hearing for McGill.
"These charges are related to her having left the child at home, unattended, for hours and not having secured the home while the child was left ...," Wilson said.
McGill was charged Tuesday with unlawful conduct toward a child, a felony punishable by as much as 10 years in prison. Berkeley County Magistrate Harry Wright set her bail at $40,000. If she is released, Grant must submit to drug testing and is barred from contact with children under the age of 16.
She remained in the Hill-Finklea Detention Center.
Grant, was found beaten to death with a board Sept. 29, 2007, at her family's house on Welch Street in St. Stephen.
McGill, who was 22 at the time, told police that she left the girl at home at 10:30 that night. She told them she went to get cigarettes, then walked to another home nearby and later met with two male friends. When the friends drove her back to her home, she went inside and came back out saying her daughter had been hurt, police said.
A 911 call was made from the home about 1 a.m. Sept. 29.
At the scene, investigators found a blood splatter, a bloody handprint and a blood-stained, 10-inch piece of wood with a 1-inch nail protruding from the wood.