CHEROKEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – A father and mother are both facing a murder charge following the death of their 14-year-old daughter with disabilities in Cherokee County.
Behind the trees off of Camp Ferry Road, sits a home that is currently at the center of an ongoing investigation.
“The found the home in deplorable conditions. The home was filled with feces, urine, flies, maggots, roaches,” said Sheriff Steve Mueller, Cherokee County.
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were notified of a child’s death at Spartanburg Regional Hospital on April 11.
The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as a 14-year-old girl with disabilities and health issues. As a result, sheriff’s office executed a search warrant on a home on Camp Ferry Road in Gaffney.
“It was very clear and obvious to me once I began my examination of this handicapped child that there had been severe neglect from the caregivers,” said Dennis Fowler, Cherokee County coroner.
The coroner said she had health conditions that needed daily medical care, which likely had been ignored for more than year.
“That neglect led to serious medical condition that ultimately caused her death on April the 11th,” said Fowler.
“These are the types of cases that truly pull on our heart strings,” said Sheriff Mueller.
After more than two weeks of investigating, deputies obtained arrest warrants for David Eugene Baynard, 53, and Bobbie Jo Baynard, 42, for the death of their daughter.
The Baynards surrendered themselves Thursday at the Cherokee County Detention Center and were arrested.
They are both charged with murder.
“This is the worst case of neglect that we have ever seen in this county,” said Sheriff Mueller.
It’s a crime that county leaders said they will not tolerate.
“No child should ever find themselves in the condition we found this 14-year-old,” said Sheriff Mueller.
“I am here to tell you as coroner of Cherokee County that it will not be tolerated in this county; any type of neglect whether it be child or adult,” said Fowler.
Both David and Bobbie Baynard were denied bond at their initial court appearance.
This case remains under investigation and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said additional charges may be filed.
To report suspected abuse or neglect, call the Department of Social Services at 1(888) 227-3487. Someone is available to answer your call 24/7.