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Judge grants bond for parents, grandparents charged with murder, unlawful neglect of child

Victoria Ford. Source: Dillon County Jail. Victoria Ford. Source: Dillon County Jail.
Kelly McInnis. Source: Dillon County Jail Kelly McInnis. Source: Dillon County Jail
Geraldine Ford. Source: Dillon County Jail Geraldine Ford. Source: Dillon County Jail
John Ford. Source: Dillon County Jail John Ford. Source: Dillon County Jail

LAKE VIEW, SC (WMBF) – A 2-month-old child's parents and maternal grandparents have been charged in the death of a child and unlawful neglect, according to the booking office of the Dillon County Detention Center.

Parents, Victoria Ford and Kelly McInnis, as well as the maternal grandparents, Geraldine Ford and John Ford, of Lake View, were granted bond on murder/homicide by child abuse charges. 

Ford and McInnis were granted $20,000 surety bond each and the Fords were granted $20,000 personal recognizance bond each, said Shipp Daniel, deputy solicitor.

According to Daniel, all four suspects are accused of not providing adequate food and healthcare for the baby.

The four suspects were booked at the county jail Sunday, May 31 at around 12 p.m.

Daniel said the infant was sick and was taken to the hospital last week. The baby boy died a few days later at MUSC in Charleston.

Residents who live in the Lake View community say deaths like the one of a two-month-old baby are not supposed to happen in their small town. Many were shocked and saddened to hear what happened. One nearby neighbor told WMBF News that they were not even aware that Victoria Ford was pregnant, and frequently saw her driving in the area. 

Other residents that knew the grandparents say they can't believe the elderly couple is accused of neglecting a child.

Daniel said the four suspects failed to get the infant immediate medical attention. He also stated the baby was being cared for by the parents and the grandparents, and he explained under South Carolina law, anyone who has a child in their custody or care and fails to seek medical attention is liable and can be charged. 

Daniel said because the punishment carries a sentence up to life in prison, the four suspects are scheduled to have another court appearance later this month.

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