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.