OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA)- The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said an infant that was seven weeks old died on Monday.
According to officials, deputies responded to an apartment complex on Keoway Dr. in Seneca on Monday in reference to a cardiac arrest of an infant.
OCSO Investigators responded to the scene along with the Coroner to investigate the death and
the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Child Death Task Force was notified to assist
with the investigation.
Upon arrival, deputies found the infant who was unresponsive. CPR was started and
the infant was transported to the hospital where the infant was pronounced dead a short time later.
While investigating, a search warrant was obtained for the home and unlawful narcotics
were found in the home.
Following the autopsy, the coroner confirmed that the infant died from blunt force head trauma, and the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.
The infant has been identified as Theodore “Theo” Sage Raynor.
The parents of the deceased infant, Sheila Raynor, and Michael Blackwell Jr. were taken into custody and were both charged with the following crimes:
- unlawful neglect of a child/helpless person
- poss. of cocaine 1st
- poss. of narcotic in schedule 1 and schedule 2 1st offense
- poss. of controlled substance schedule 1 to 5, 1st offense
Blackwell Jr. and Raynor were both booked into the Oconee County Detention Center. Their bonds were each set at $55,000.
The investigation is ongoing by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Department, SLED SVU, and the Oconee County Coroner’s Office.