Bond denied for mother charged in connection to death of special needs child


Rita Pangalangan and Larry King (WCBD)

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) โ€“ Investigators arrested two people after a child was found dead inside a vehicle in Colleton County Monday evening.

Investigators and Colleton County Fire Rescue responded to a residence on Low Country Highway following a tip about a child left in a vehicle. When they arrived, investigators determined the child was deceased.

Chief Barry McRoy with Colleton County Fire-Rescue said the victim was a 13-year-old child who had been locked in the car for at least two hours, possibly longer.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue responded to the home within 8 minutes, but family members had already removed the child from the car when they arrived.

According to the Colleton County Sheriffโ€™s Office, Rita Pangalangan and Larry King are charged with murder for the childโ€™s death. Both were denied bond Tuesday afternoon.

During the bond hearing, it was revealed Pangalangan is the mother of the 13-year-old victim.

Records show Pangalangan is an early childhood education teacher with the Colleton County School District.

In a statement Tuesday afternoon, the district said they are aware of an arrest by one of their employees.

โ€œBased on this information, the district has placed teacher Rita Pangalangan on administrative leave, with full pay and benefits, effective immediately.โ€

The State Law Enforcement Division and Colleton County Sheriffโ€™s Office are investigating.

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