MBPD: Charges upgraded for one suspect after baby found near cocaine dies

Updated: Aug. 28, 2019 at 5:28 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – An infant who was found unresponsive in a Myrtle Beach hotel room with cocaine has died, according to Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

Police were called to the Camelot by the Sea at 2000 N. Ocean Blvd. Sunday for an unresponsive infant, according to arrest warrants.

The child was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in critical condition, the warrants state. Edge said the infant died Tuesday morning.

During a search of the hotel room, police allegedly found a white substance in the room that was close to the child’s bottle. It tested positive for cocaine, according to arrest warrants.

Police said four other minor children were also staying in the room at the time of the incident.

Geames Kena Ratliff, 37, and Laquena Lanishia Bostic, 32, were previously arrested on drug and child neglect charges in connection to the case.

According to information from the Horry County Public Index, Ratliff’s charges were upgraded Wednesday afternoon to homicide by child abuse. A bond hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 9 a.m.

Left: Laquena Lanishia Bostic; Right: Geames Kena Ratliff
Left: Laquena Lanishia Bostic; Right: Geames Kena Ratliff(Source: MBPD)

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