‘She did her part as a mother:’ Family says mother charged in 2-year-old’s death is innocent

Bond hearing in 2-year-old's death

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – Bond was denied Friday for two people arrested this following the death of a 2-year-old child in Hartsville.

Jodi Breanna Holden, 21, and 24-year-old Randall Scott Watson Jr., were taken into custody as a result of the investigation.

On Wednesday, deputies went to an area hospital for a child being treated for severe injuries, the release stated. The child later passed away. The Darlington County Coroner’s Office confirmed Saturday the child died as a result of non-accidental blunt force trauma to the head.

At the bond hearing Friday, a prosecutor said the autopsy on the child determined he died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head in multiple locations.

Holden was identified by law enforcement as the child’s mother, while Watson is reportedly her boyfriend.

Before the hearing, family members said Holden is innocent and that she would never harm the boy, named Aiden Smith.

Relatives believe the child died from injuries while playing at a playground recently.

“She did her part as a mother," Holden’s sister Bridget Holden said. "She rushed him to the hospital. She was trying to save her child’s life. And they’re trying to accuse her of letting him die?”

Jodi Holden also has a daughter. The prosecutor said in the bond hearing that child was taken into the custody of the Department of Social Services.

The next court date for the couple is set for May 22 at 9 a.m. in the Darlington County Courthouse.

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