Sumter man accused of slashing 15-year-old daughter’s throat in custody, officials say

The Sumter Police Department is searching for a man wanted for attempted murder. Officials say...
The Sumter Police Department is searching for a man wanted for attempted murder. Officials say he is accused of slashing his 15-year-old daughter’s throat and did not appear for a court hearing Wednesday.(Sumter Police Department)
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 4:41 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2021 at 6:19 PM EST
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Sumter, S.C. (WIS) - A man wanted on an attempted murder charge for allegedly slashing his teenage daughter’s throat is in custody, according to officials.

Police say there are no more details at this time involving the arrest of Jeremiah Owings but this story will be updated when more information is known.

Jeremiah Owings will appear in bond court Saturday at 9 a.m. according to the officials. He is accused of slashing his 15-year-old daughter’s throat and did not appear for a court hearing Wednesday.

Police responded to a call at the suspect’s home Sunday around 11 p.m. on Clematis Trail, near Simpson’s Hardware Store in Sumter. Officials say the call to police stated a girl’s neck had been cut.

Police say Owings was found at the home, with three other children present between the ages of 6 and 15, trying to stop the girl’s neck from bleeding.

According to officials, the teen girl was taken to an area hospital in Columbia and underwent surgery. They say she is expected to recover, and the other children present have been placed in emergency protective custody.

At the time of the incident, with the evidence provided by officials, Owings was initially charged with unlawful conduct toward a child and was then booked into the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department Detention Center.

He was then released Monday on a $5,000 bond, but as the investigation continued, more information was collected and it was determined Owings did intend lethal harm, officials say. According to investigators, Owings slashed the teen victim’s throat with a folding blade.

Owings charges were then upgraded and issued Wednesday for attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and resisting law enforcement officers, according to the Sumter Police Department.

A state Department of Social Services’ probable cause hearing was held Wednesday to keep the children in protective custody and Owings failed to make an appearance.

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