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Police charge Ladson woman with homicide by child abuse

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CHARLESTON, SC -

Wednesday morning members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested Lorena Castillo for a charge of homicide by child abuse.

The charge is the result of an investigation by the Charleston County Sheriff's Detectives into the death of Castillo's 17-month-old baby on August 13, 2012.

Castillo brought her baby to MUSC August 5, 2012 telling staff that the baby had passed out.  The nurses noted that the baby was active and playful but was admitted for observation.  On August 8, 2012 the baby was discharged into Castillo's care with no medical conditions.

Less than six hours after being discharged EMS arrived at Castillo's home for an unresponsive baby who was not breathing.  The baby was taken to Trident Hospital and transferred to MUSC where the child died August 13, 2012.

Investigators determined through medical information that the child's death was due to an inflicted injury cutting off the oxygen to the child by smothering or similar mechanism, not from an underlying medical condition.  

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