The Laurens Police Department said a teenage mother is in custody and a man has turned himself in to face charges after two toddlers with severe injuries were brought to the hospital.
Officers said they were contacted by Laurens County Memorial Hospital after two 13-month-old babies suffered severe contusions, abrasions and hematomas. One of the victims suffered a skull fracture as well.
Police arrested the babies' mother, 17-year-old Aliyah Stewart, and charged her with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child and two counts of inflicting great bodily injury upon a child.
She was denied bond on Friday.
Officials said 25-year-old Randy Burnside Jr., who was wanted in connection with the case, turned himself into the Laurens Police Department on Tuesday. He is also charged with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child and two counts of inflicting great bodily injury upon a child. He also had an outstanding warrant for resisting arrest.
At a bond hearing on Tuesday, Burnside was denied bond. He was out on bond at the time of the abuse, an official said.
A victim's advocate spoke at the hearing and said Stewart left the twins with Burnside on Apr. 26 while she went to a doctor's appointment. When she returned home, the official said she noticed injuries on the children but left them with Burnside again so she could go out for the evening.
She also left the toddlers with Burnside the following morning, the victim's advocate said.
A family member who was made aware of the twins' injuries took them to the hospital. The victim's advocate said Stewart did not seek medical attention for the babies because she didn't think anyone would believe Burnside's account of what happened.
Police confirmed Burnside was Stewart's boyfriend and the pair was living together when the incident occurred.
The case remains under investigation and more charges may be forthcoming.
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