ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Anderson County Sheriff’s Office officials said four people have been charged as an investigation into the death of a 2-year-old continues.
According to the Anderson County Coroner’s Office, crews responded Thursday at about 11 p.m. to the 1500 block of Centerville Road.
Sheriff Chad McBride told 7 News they found 2-year-old Anastasia Wynter McAlister dead in her bedroom and confirmed that the she had been dead for at least one or two days. According to arrest warrants, the she had “severe bruising on her head” and severe diaper rash.
McBride said Anastasia looked extremely malnourished, unclean and had been lacking proper care. The coroner’s office said her cause of death was cardiac arrest.
Two other children, a 3-year-old boy and 3-month-old, were also found. He said they also looked malnourished.
According to arrest warrants, the 3-year-old male was described as having “bruising on his rear end” and severe diaper rash. The 3-month-old was also described as having severe diaper rash.
“It is certainly one of the worst cases we’ve ever seen. Most brutal,” McBride said. “Certainly our folks are having a hard time with it because it’s so bad.”
The coroner’s office said an “intense death investigation” is underway. Initial evidence leads them to believe there was foul play.
Three adults, and one juvenile, have been charged with unlawful neglect of a child following the discovery of the 2-year-old’s body. Additional charges are possible.
The sheriff’s office identified those charged as the child’s parents, Chasya Gilbody, 21, and Dylan McAlister, 21. Thomas Roberts, 20, and a 17-year-old juvenile, who has not been identified, have also been charged.
Gilbody, McAlister and Roberts were booked into the Anderson County Detention Center.
Gilbody has been charged with three counts of unlawful neglect of child. According to the detention center’s website, her charges are “non-bondable.”
McAlister has been charged with three counts of unlawful neglect of child. He is being held on a $30,000 surety bond.
Roberts has been charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of child. He is being held on a $20,000 surety bond.
According to the sheriff’s office, the 17-year-old will be charged as an adult. She has been charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of child.
The sheriff’s office forensic investigators and detectives as well as the coroner’s office will continue to investigate.