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Man arrested in severe burning of 11-month-old out on bond

Reggie Sumter (Source: DCSO) Reggie Sumter (Source: DCSO)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) The Darlington Police Department arrested a suspect after an infant was admitted to a local hospital with severe burns to their feet Saturday afternoon.

Sgt. Kimberly Nelson, spokeswoman for the Darlington Police Department, tells WMBF News that 24-year-old Reggie Sumter of Lamar was arrested and charged with unlawful neglect of a child. According to Nelson, Sumter is now out on bond.

Nelson says that Sumter was involved in the incident that left the infant with severe burns on their feet after being placed in hot water. The child was transported to McLeod Regional Hospital and then transferred to the Augusta Burn Center for further treatment.

Neighbors who lived close to the child are outraged that this incident happened to an 11-month-old. Betty Ross reacted, "To scald a child at 11 months old…you don't have a soul. You don't have a soul. That's the only thing I can say about it."

Concerned neighbor Margaret Williams stated, "It hurt me because I've seen the baby, and I've played with the baby and it's a sweet little fella. And I'm thankful that the baby is ok."

Many people knew the child well. Williams added, "He was a fun loving baby. He played and laughed. He was a happy baby. I'm just sorry that it happened. And I hope that parents out there see what's going on and learn from this mistake."

Law enforcement officers are hopeful that parents will be more cautious with babysitters of their children. Nelson added, "Be cautious of who you leave your child with. Make sure you give them care instructions. Make sure they follow the common sense rules of taking care of children."

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