February 22, 2012

What Should a Parent Do If a Child Is Subjected to Corporal Punishment in a South Carolina Day Care Center?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In South Carolina and other States, corporal punishment is permitted in schools and day care centers. Some States prohibit the use of corporal punishment in day care centers. Some States allow each county to decide whether corporal punishment is permitted in county schools. Since the laws and regulations can vary from State to State and County to County, it is important to review the laws and regulations and / or contact a Child Injury Attorney to determine the laws and regulations on point. If corporal punishment is implemented, rules and regulations must be followed. In particular, the corporal punishment should not be implemented in a manner that causes personal injuries requiring medical care and attention. Corporal punishment, whether permitted or not under a particular law or regulations, will be excessive if it amounts to abuse and neglect.

Corporal punishment implemented in day care center is especially troubling considering the age of the children and susceptibility of these children to injuries from corporal punishment. If a child suffers injuries as a result of corporal punishment in a day care center, there may be a civil case or claim against the day care center. A Child Injury Lawyer will evaluate the case and consider factors including: the type of corporal punisment implemented, the incident report, the injuries sustained, the number of times implemented, applicable laws and regulatiuons, and other factors.

The book titled - The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Child Abuse and Neglect, Damages / Compensation, Medical Treatment / Medical Bills, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, and other topics. A parent or concerned person can get this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

A recent incident of corporal punishment was reported in South Carolina. It was reported in Seneca, South Carolina that a day care owner allegedly beat a 4 year old child enrolled in a day care center with a belt. The incident was reported and investigated by the Seneca Police Department. See Police - Day Care Owner Left Bruises on 4 Year Old Boy.

January 9, 2012

Risks and Dangers with Babysitters - Poor Judgment and Shortcuts

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In South Carolina and other states, parents rely on babysitters,schools, and day care centers to supervise their children when parents are working or otherwise unable to be with their children. In most instances, the babysitter is diligent and conscientious. The children are well cared for and they are kept safe and free from dangers. Unfortunately, at times, children are put at risk for serious personal injuries or medical complications when a babysitter uses poor judgment or tries to take short cuts when babysitting or supervising children. In Horry County, South Carolina, it was reported that a babysitter gave a 4 year old Xanax. The child was given this medication in an attempt to ge the child to nap / sleep on New Year's Eve.

The child was seriously affected by the medication and the mother drove home to intervene. Thereafter, the child was taken to Seacoast Medical Center for evaluation, care, and treatment. The babysitter was later arrested for unlawful neglect of a child. Blood work at the hospital detected the Xanax in the child's blood stream. It does not appear that the child suffered any permanent injuries from the ingestion of the medication; however, the dangers and risks were there. For more information, see Babysitter Admits to Giving Child Xanax.

Medications should never be given to a child without a proper medication or without a medical reason for giving the child th medicaton. When a child is supervised by a babysitter, day care center, school, or others, it is important to provide the child with a safe and clean environment. To the extent possible, medications, alcohol, chemicals, and poisons should be locked up and kept out of the reach the children and any unauthorized individuals.

The book titled -The ABCs of Chid Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know - has chapters on Homeowner's Insuance, Day Care Center Injuries, School Injuries, Medical Care / Medical treatment and other topics. If a child suffers an injury as a result of the negligence or fault of others, the book has information that a parent can use to determine how to handle the various issues or questions that arise with child injuries. A parent or other concerned person can receive this book for free at The ABCs of Child Injury.

July 16, 2011

Toddler Wanders Out of Larson South Carolina Day Care Center

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


South Carolina authorities are investigating how a toddler wandered off from a College Park Road day care center. The Department of Social Services spokeswoman, Marilyn Matheus, said that a two-year-old girl walked off the property of Noah’s Ark Daycare Center and Kindergarten while she was under their care. The toddler was found uninjured and DSS was contacted.

Matheus said that the day care center, located at 1011 College Park, will be investigated by agents from the Department’s Childcare Licensing Regulations and Out of Home Abuse and Neglect unit. Spokesman Dan Moon said that a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office incident report is unavailable because deputies were not called to the scene.

Once a toddler learns how to walk, the prospect of them running away can cause a parent real anxiety. Running away from their parents can quickly become a game for children as it usually results in them getting a lot of attention. Toddlers use their new found ability to walk as a way to establish independence from their parents. At this stage of a child’s development, it is important that parents make it clear that running away is not acceptable behavior. For more information on this topic, see Tot walks away from day care.

July 11, 2011

Lawsuit Filed Regarding Summer Camp Injuries at South Charleston, South Carolina Church

By DavidWolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


A nine-year-old boy suffered permanent injuries as a result of a Bible camp game at a South Charleston church. His parents filed a lawsuit against the church and alleged that their son fell and struck his face on a carpeted-cement floor. According to the lawsuit, the boy suffered from severe lacerations on his bottom lip and chin, damaged his teeth and drifted out of consciousness. The boy’s lawyer, Benjamin Salango, said that the laceration severed a nerve in his face, which has affected his ability to speak. The boy's medical condition and injuries required therapy through a speech therapist regularly. In addition, the boy sustained a permanent scar from the cut, said the lawyer.

The boy was allegedly injured in the church game called “Wrap n’ Run.” According to the law suit filed in Kanawha Circuit Court, camp counselors at the Davis Creek Church of the Nazarene first organized the game in June 2009. The lawsuit stated that one child would bind another child in an entire roll of plastic wrap. The wrapped child would then hop from a starting line to a finish line in a race against another child. The lawsuit stated that church counselors ignored a suggestion in the game’s rules to allow the child’s arms to remain free while racing. The lawsuit also stated that this is the second time a child was injured during the same game at the church; another child fell backwards and hit his head on a sanctuary pew.

Salango said that the family had been in negotiations with the church’s insurance company for a settlement but were unable to reach an agreement. The child’s injuries have allegedly cost the family almost $20,000 in medical expenses, said the lawyer. For more information, see family suing South Charleston church after child's camp injury.

June 20, 2011

South Carolina - Day Care Regulations, Oversight and Safety - Investigation by WLTX into Day Care Violations

By David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Columbia, South Carolina, a two month investigation by WLTX uncovered what parents should know about their child’s safety in daycares. WLTX found that several day care facilities had issues noted by the Department of Social Services (DSS). There were a variety of issues listed: unsafe facilities, abusive treatment of children, lack of supervision, serving expired milk to infants, and caregivers listening inappropriate music and watching soap operas in the presence of children.

The DSS has a frequently updated database that provides information about complaints and deficiencies for every licensed day care center in the state, both commercial and at-home facilities. DSS visits commercial day care facilities regularly unannounced, but does not visit at-home day cares unless a complaint has been made. DSS shut down 41 facilities since 2010, and generally, they were shut down after a long series of violations.

Bunnie Ward, Director of Early Education at United Way, said that you should ask questions before enrolling your child in a South Carolina daycare, do your homework, and be diligent and observant once your child is enrolled. United Way suggests every parent learn to "S.H.O.P." The metaphor “S.H.O.P encourages parents to carefully evaluate each of the following areas in a day care center: “S”-supervision, “H”-health and safety, “O”- operation, and “P”-parent friendly.

Experts also agree that the best approach is for South Carolina parents to be proactive: Ask a lot of questions and make an educated decision about where your child will attend day care. For more information on this topic, see South Carolina Daycare Safety: WLTX Investigates.

June 16, 2011

South Carolina Day Care Provider Arrested for Operating an Unlicensed Day Care Center

By David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In the United States, most day child care facilities are legally required by law to be licensed. The Child Care Licensing Program in South Carolina enforces laws and regulations established by the State Legislature to ensure that child care facilities provide the basic health and safety requirements for all children in their care.

Despite these licensing requirements, a day care facility in York County was operating without a license. This discovery became apparent when a baby under the care of Kristyn Shipman Edley, 26 died. Edley was arrested and booked at the York County Detention Center. The arrest was for licensing only.

The baby who died in the care of Edley was Collan Gibson, the three-month old son of Glen and April Gibson. He died on April 27, and an autopsy performed the next day was inconclusive. However, police reports note that Edley placed the baby in a chair that was designed for infants with a straddle harness, and the baby went to sleep. About 30 minutes later Edley checked on the baby, and found him blue in the face and not responsive. The baby was taken to Piedmont Medical Hospital, located in Rock Hill where he sadly died.

Two weeks later Edley was charged with the day care violation, which is a misdemeanor charge. If convicted, she will face a 1,500 fine, six months incarceration or both. The Department of Social Services issued the following statement: “From a regulatory standpoint, Ms. Edley will receive notice to cease operation immediately. From an investigative standpoint, our Out of Home Abuse and Neglect unit will continue its investigation.” For more information on this topic, see day care provider charged.

June 3, 2011

Fatal Accident at South Carolina Rodeo - Horse Falls on 12 Year Old Girl

By David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


A tragic and unexpected accident took place at a South Carolina rodeo. It was reported that a 12 year old girl (Lauren Mackenzie Mathias) died as a result of injuries that she sustained when a horse fell on the girl. The incident took place near the arena at the South Carolina High School Rodeo Association. The incident was wholly unexpected in that the horse involved in the incident was well trained horse that was classified as "dead broke". At rodeos, there are safety precautions that should be in place for the protection of the participants and the spectators. Of course, some incidents take place that are not foreseeable and therefore could not have been prevented even with due care and planning. The 12 year old girl died as a result of head trauma. Her tragic death will certainly be a great loss for her family, community, church, school, and friends. See 12-Year-Old Girls Dies When Horse Falls at South Carolina Rodeo.

May 29, 2011

3 Month Old Dies in Barnwell South Carolina Day Care Center - Death Being Investigated

By David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Child abuse is described as any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child's physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often accompanied by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature.

A three–month-old Anthony Peoples Jr. was found unresponsive at a day care center in Barnwell, South Carolina. An autopsy was performed on Thursday, but the results are still pending. The child care center where the incident took place is currently closed. The Department of Social Services (DSS) and the police have launched an investigation to determine what happened. The DSS will cite any regulatory violations discovered in the course of the investigation.

Despite the efforts of the South Carolina child protection system, child maltreatment fatalities remain a serious problem. Although the deaths of children due to illness and accidents have been closely monitored. Child deaths that result from physical assault or severe neglect can be more difficult to track because the perpetrators are less likely to reveal information about the incident. For more information on this topic, see Updated: infant found dead at Barnwell County home day care center.

May 24, 2011

Church Stabbing After Basketball Game in Georgetown Area

By David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Marquise Bessllieu, 17, a Georgetown High School (South Carolina) basketball player is recovering after being stabbed outside Georgetown Presbyterian Church. Police arrested the attacker who was later identified as 24-year-old Maliek Gibbs. Bassllieu first encountered Gibbs during the basketball game when Gibbs took the basketball. A few minutes later Gibbs stabbed Bessellieu in the abdomen outside in the parking lot.

Bessllieu had surgery and his family said he is recovering from his injuries. He is expected to face 6 weeks of recovery time and will likely miss the remainder of the school year. Gibbs faced a judge last Friday and was given a $25,000 bond. If the State pursues charges against Gibbs, he will be entitled to the services of a Louisiana criminal defense lawyer or the services of the local public defender's office. An arrest does not automatically mean that there will be a plea deal or a conviction.

Allowing your child to get involved in extracurricular activities outside of school is a wise choice, and it can be very important in helping them to develop many working skills, people skills, and more. However, Louisiana parents should make sure that the activity is taking place in a safe environment with adult supervision. For more informatoin on this story, see Player stabbed after basketball game at church.

May 16, 2011

Is Your Child Safe in a South Carolina Day Care Center?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In South Carolina, working parents and families rely on day care centers to provide a safe and healthy environment for their children. Day care centers in South Carolina are regulated by the South Carolina Department of Social Services (otherwise known as DSS). While a day care center is required to be licensed, many South Carolina day care centers / child care centers operate without a license and without any government oversight. Even ones that are licensed are not inspected that frequently. As such, it is important for South Carolina parents to inspect the day care center before admission and during admission and at different times of the day. Parents should speak to day care workers to find out more about the worker and about the facility. It is also helpful to speak to and befriend other parents who have children at the day care center to help oversee the care for your child and others. Being proactive and inquisitive can go a long way to making sure that the day care center provides a safe and healthy educational environment for children. South Carolina child care facilities that cut corners, bypass licensing requirements, and that focus solely on fees or profits often times fail to follow general safety guidelines which in turn lead to serious personal injuries of children under their care. For more information on this topic, see Parents Should Be Proactive in Evaluating and Monitoring South Carolina Day Care Centers.

April 28, 2011

Myrtle Beach South Carolina - 4 Deadly Crashes Show the Dangers of Spring Break and Late Night / Early Morning Driving

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Spring Break brings high school, college, and other people out to bars, restaurants, and the beach. Most people go to Spring Break destinations to have fun with friends and meet new ones. Unfortunately, Spring Break crowds make for busier roads and, yes, drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs. Four fatal crashes were recently reported in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. See 4 Fatal Crashes At Beach on Spring Break Saturday.

Three of the four accidents took place between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Local and State South Carolina Police officials want drivers to use more caution and patience when driving in Spring Break areas especially at night. There is a responsibility on the part of the driver as well the responsibility of the pedestrian and bicyclist who are in Spring Break areas.

March 14, 2011

South Carolina Law Aims to Reduce Injuries and Increase Safety for Children on ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles)

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


South Carolina is one of six states that do not have laws regulating All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). However, this could change if a new law, named Chandler's Law is voted into legislation. The law aims to reduce child personal injuries for those children who ride operate ATVs. Chandler's Law would require all young ATV riders to complete an ATV safety course, wear a helmet and ride with an adult while traveling on public land. The law comes at a time in when ATV-safety awareness is on the rise in South Carolina. According to South Carolina's Health Department, in the last 10 years, 63 children under 17-years-old have died in ATV accidents. Of those deaths, 40% were children younger than 9-years-old. The new law is also getting support from local doctors. Dr. Keith Borg, an Emergency Room doctor at the Medical University of South Carolina, says the amount of children treats with traumatic brain injuries as a result of riding or operating ATVs is staggering, usually resulting in paralysis or death. For more details please read South Carolina proposes new bill to increase safety for young ATV riders.

March 12, 2011

South Carolina Day Care Uses Technology and Video Cameras - Importance of Monitoring Children in Child Care Settings

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Due to an increasing awareness and concern about a child safety at day care centers, Kendra's law has been on the books in South Carolina since August 2010. A consequence of the law is that people are starting to pay more attention to what goes on into child care centers. The law seems to come at a perfect time. The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data reported more than 1700 child deaths were reported in 2007. Some day care centers in South Carolina are easing parents mind by installing new technology in the facilities. Essential Childcare has placed cameras all throughout the center allowing parents to watch their children from a secure website or mobile device. The center has made the process of pick-up and drop-off digital as well. The only people who can pick up a child must be registered in the system ahead of time. A person picking up a child at Essential Childcare will have to be registered in the system ahead of time, touch his/her finger to a machine, and then input a code to unlock the doors. The new technology developments are the result of putting safety at the forefront of child care. For more please read South Carolina child care center implements technology for increasing child safety.

Allowing parents to oversee the care provided to their children will not only increase trust in child care centers and its employees but the children will benefit significantly. The heightened security in the drop-off and pick-up processes will decrease child abduction and video cameras will allow parents to bring something to a day care providers attention that may have otherwise been missed.

January 26, 2011

McCormick South Carolina Girl Killed by Grandfather Akita Dog

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In McCormick, South Carolina, a family and community are mourning the tragic and most unexpected death of a 9 year old girl. It was reported that Kristen Dutton was attacked by an Akita dog that was purchased just three weeks before the incident by the girl's grandfather. The Japanese Akita was quite a large dog and weighed in at 98 pounds. The dog bit the girl in the neck and she died from these dog bite related personal injuries at a local hospital. The incident took place outside when Kristen was alone with the dog. It was reported that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control would pick up the dog to euthanize it. See South Carolina Girl Killed by Dog at Grandfather's Home.

Whether a dog is a family pet or a stray one, dog attacks continue to take place in South Carolina and other States. Some attacks are unpredictable in that the dog had no prior history of aggression or dog bites while others incidents involve a dog with a history of prior attacks. It should be kept in mind by all dog owners, parents, and child care providers that dogs are unpredictable and attack (at times) for no apparent reason or cause.

Dealing with a dog bite attack can be most difficult for the family of the injured child. The ABCs of Child Injury - Legal Rights of the Injured Child - What Every Parent Should Know has a chapter on dog bites and also has information on other related topics like Medical Bills and Treatment, Damages / Compensation, and Homeowner's Insurance. You can receive a free copy of this book by clicking here.

January 4, 2011

Autopsy Confirmed that 6 Week Old Died from Positional Asphyxiation

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Rock Hill, South Carolina, the death of a 6 week old child in a crowded Rock Hill day care center made news recently. As expected, an autopsy was performed in order to determine the cause of death. According to the medical examiner, the child died as a result of positional asphyxiation. This medical term refers to medical complication caused when a person's position prevents the person from breathing adequately. See Baby Died Of Natural Causes In Crowded South Carolina Day Care Center. It has been reported that even star athletes have died as a result of position asphyxiation. See Wikipedia Positional Asphyxiation. It is believed that the baby was faced down in the crib by the owner of the day care center.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that parents and child care providers have babies sleep on their backs. This recommendation has been in place since 1992. Studies indicate that the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) has been reduced with this simple technique or habit of having babies sleep on their backs. See Recommended Sleeping Position for Infants.

December 19, 2010

South Carolina Child Falls from Second Story Window - Suffers Head Injuries

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


According to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina, a five-year-old child sustained significant head injuries after the child fell from a second-story window in the Haven Oaks Apartments. Apparently, the child was trying to close the window when the fall occurred. Officials said the child sustained a head injury from the fall and was found bleeding from the nose and mouth. The child was taken to the hospital. If you would like to read more on this story please see Child falls from second-story window, sustains head injury.

Many child personal injuries occur in the home. The most common forms are youth personal injuries occurring in the home are caused by children falling out of windows, ingesting cleaning products, and having large household items, such as television sets, fall on top of them. A key to prevention is child-proofing or baby-proofing your home. Inspect play areas before allowing your children to play in certain areas of your home. If you would like more tips on keeping your home safe for children please read Home Safety Council - Great Safety Tips for the Home and Day Care Center.

Also, if you would like to read more about window safety please see Windows Can Be a Risk for Injury for Children.

December 6, 2010

Rockhill, South Carolina Day Care Center - Baby Dies - What Are the Legal Issues in Day Care Cases?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Rockhill, South Carolina, it was reported that a 6 week old child was found unresponsive by the child care provider - Elizabeth Home Daycare. At the time of the incident, it was later discovered that the day care center was supervising or attempting to supervise four times more children than it was licensed to supervise. Fire rescue / emergency responders arrived on the scene and made attempts to revive the child who was later transported to Piedmont Medical Center. The day care center was licensed to care for 5 children yet the day care center had 20 children in the home day care center.

In cases of this nature, it does not look very good that the day care center had so many children over the limit; however, this does not address the issue of why the child died or if measures could have been taken to save the child. The reason for State regulations to make sure that each child gets the attention and supervision that the child needs during the course of the day. If a child shows signs or symptoms of illness or distress, immediate action should be taken to evaluate the child, call for medical care or 911, and call the parents. Due to the age and circumstances of the death, an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. This, in turn, may help investigators determine if the child's death was preventable with more attentive supervision and care. This case will involve issues that are both legal and medical in nature.

A time line of events may be important for a case of this nature. The time line could be affected by the forensic evidence obtained through the autopsy as well as the statements of employees and other witnesses. When was the child last seen or evaluated before being found unresponsive? What food / fluids did the child receive prior to being brought to the day care center and at the day care center? According to the pathologist and other medical experts, would the signs and symptoms of distress have been observable to the child care provider? If so, what signs and symptoms would have been observable? Over what period of time? Would more timely intervention have saved the child's life? These are all important yet difficult questions to answer. You can read more about this story at Baby Dies in Day Care in Rockhill, South Carolina.

November 27, 2010

Former Sumter South Carolina Deputy Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Sex with a Minor Charges

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Michael Boulware, a 26-year-old former Sumter County, South Carolina, deputy will spend 12 years in prison for having sex with a 14-year-old girl back in July 2009. On November 8, 2010, Boulware pleaded guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor in the 2nd degree.

Boulware was initially charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he purchased alcohol for three 14-year-old girls; one victim is the daughter of a South Carolina Highway Patrolman. Because of this incident, Boulware was immediately terminated. While officials were investigating the original charges the CSC charge was added. He will placed on the central registration of abuse and neglect. If you would like to read more on this story please see Former Sumter County, SC deputy will spend 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct.

Abuse inflicted upon a minor, whether physical, sexual or emotional, is a depraved act, which can cause that child to suffer from lifetime consequences of the abuse, both physical and emotional. Children have rights that are to be protected from horrendous invasions such as this. If you are someone you know is the victim of abuse, contact local authorities. Contacting authorities will prompt a criminal investigation and more than likely stop the abuse sooner rather than later.

October 22, 2010

Aiken South Carolina Day Care Owner Charged with Crime of Homicide

By Will Lewis, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


Elouise Wade-Meria Taylor, a 51-year-old woman and and Aiken County, South Carolina day care owner, has been charged with homicide by child abuse. Taylor is accused of shaking a 16-month-old toddler in her care so hard that the toddler sustained fatal head trauma. The alleged incident occurred on August 5, 2010. The child's identity has not been released. It was reported that a neighbor of Taylor, Shirnell Bryant, says Taylor has cared for children at her home day care center for years and has never witnessed anything out of the ordinary. Taylor will be entitled to a criminal defense attorney. If you would like to read more on this story please see South Carolina home day care owner charged with homicide after a 16-month-old toddler died under homeowner's care.

This toddler's death is a tragedy for the toddler's family and community. Day care owners have a duty to care for and protect the children under their care. Recently, state legislatures are making it more difficult for people to obtain the proper licensing to operate a day care center and requiring states to employ stricter screening procedures for day care centers and employees. Most states provide a list of all licensed day cares within the state and as well as any complaints against the center. Parents should thoroughly research day care centers before selecting a facility for their children to attend. To read more about selecting an appropriate day care facility for your child please read Important Factor in Selecting a Day Care Center - Instincts of Parents.

June 4, 2010

Spartanburg, South Carolina Man Receives 10 Year Prison Sentence for Drunk Driving Automobile Accident - Boy Suffers Personal Injury to Eye

By Will Lewis, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In South Carolina and other States, you can go to prison if you injure a child in an automobile accident. It was reported that a Spartansburg, South Carolina man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for an automobile accident that caused serious personal injuries to a 10 year old child. The man admitted in criminal proceedings that he was drunk at the time of the crash that caused critical injuries.

Donald G. Barklage, age 46, pled guilty to the criminal charges of DUI (driving under the influence) causing bodily injury. The 12 year old child suffered a permanent eye personal injury as a result of this South Carolina automobile accident. You can read more about this story at Man Sentenced to 10 Year Prison Term for Automobile Accident that Caused Child Personal Injuries.

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