BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A teenage mother was arrested by agents with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division and charged in connection with the death of her 1-month-old child in March.
Heather Marie Roscoe, 17, of Bennettsville, was charged with homicide by child abuse, a felony that carries a penalty, upon conviction, of a minimum of 20 years to life in prison, according to a press release from SLED.
The arrest warrant alleges that Roscoe knowingly failed to seek medical attention for her child after becoming aware of injuries she "knew or should have known were inflicted by the co-defendant."
In March, the child's father, 18-year-old David Evege Garner, was also charged with homicide by child abuse.
Officials allege he caused the death of his infant daughter by "shaking the child violently," according to a SLED arrest warrant.