Sumter woman charged in connection to 1-year-old niece’s death

Sumter woman charged in connection to toddler’s death
Sumter woman charged in connection to toddler’s death(Sumter Police Department)
Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 12:09 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2021 at 9:33 PM EST
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SUMTER, S.C. (WIS) - A Sumter woman has been arrested and charged in connection to the death of her 1-year-old niece.

Victoria Dukes, 48, is charged with unlawful neglect of a child, according to the Sumter Police Department.

Dukes, a family member, was caring for the girl while her mother was at work.

Officers say that Dukes drove from her Sumter home on December 12 to return the child to her family in Manning. The child was unresponsive when she was given to the family.

The family rushed the girl to McLeod Health Clarendon Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The Sumter County Coroner’s Office, the Sumter Police Department and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) were notified and are investigating.

Charges could be upgraded pending toxicology results, which could take weeks, according to police.

Dukes was booked into the Sumter County Detention Center.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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