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Parents charged after infant child dies in Darlington

(Source: Darlington County Detention Center) (Source: Darlington County Detention Center)
Tineshia Sanders (Source: Darlington County Detention Center) Tineshia Sanders (Source: Darlington County Detention Center)
Torress Burgess (Source: Darlington County Detention Center) Torress Burgess (Source: Darlington County Detention Center)

DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - Agents of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrested a Pee Dee couple Monday in connection with the death of their infant child last month.

SLED said, Torress Kwame Burgess, 25, of Florence, S.C. and Tineshia Shavon Sanders, 25, of Darlington, S.C., were both charged with unlawful neglect of a child, a felony which carries a penalty upon conviction of up to 10 years in prison, a fine at the discretion of the court, or both.

The warrants state that Burgess and Sanders placed their 1-month-old child "at an unreasonable risk of harm which affected his mental and physical health and well-being." This probable cause is based on the SLED investigation.

"She was very nice. She was always here with her kids and she always got what they needed. She was a friend of mine she was very nice," A neighbor who lives in the Swift Creek Apartments in the City of Darlington said.

That neighbor wants to remain anonymous. She knows Torress Burgess Tineshia Sander's well.

That neighbor said she doesn't want people to think Sanders is an unfit parent.

"You know she took all the people's kids in she didn't care nothing about that she was a sweet person," the neighbor added.

Police said on August 22, they were called to the Swift Creek Apartments in reference to an infant not moving.

A report said when officers arrived they found a baby lying lifeless in the corner of a loveseat.

Officers checked for a pulse, but could not find one.

Investigators said Sanders admitted to going out the night before to celebrate her birthday. She left the baby boy in his father's care. Who told police he drank one beer while watching the child.

Investigators added that when the infant's mother returned home the baby was crying, so she laid him on the bed on his stomach between her and the baby's father.

Police said in the morning Sanders didn't notice the child fussing, and when she checked the boy was not breathing.

SLED is investigating this child's death.

The mother in this case has three other children. They were turned over to other state and then placed with their grandfather.

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