Grandmother charged – Pickens Sentinel

PICKENS — A Pickens woman remains in custody without bond following her arrest in the death of her infant grandchild following a two-month investigation by Pickens County Sheriff’s investigators with the assistance of the State Law Enforcement Division.

PCSO officers took Angela Denise Brewer, 43, into custody Dec. 18 and charged her with murder/homicide by child abuse. Brewer was the victim’s grandmother and sole caregiver on the date of the incident.

“At this point she has been interviewed and it’s our opinion she is not cooperating fully,” PCSO Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said following Brewer’s arrest. “At some point, as the investigation goes on, I’m sure we will have more answers.”

When officers from PCSO arrived at 225 Swiss Entrance in Pickens on Oct. 17, they were responding to a 911 call “that a child was found not breathing.” The infant was transported by EMS to the emergency room where the child was pronounced dead.

As a result of the initial investigation, an autopsy was requested and conducted. Several items were submitted to SLED forensics for evaluation. The results of forensic testing revealed the child had ingested a lethal dose of Oxycodone on the date of the incident while Brewer was the victim’s only caregiver.

“We can prove without a doubt the origin of the Oxycodone, which was the ‘sippy’ cup the child had used that day,” Hashe said. “And we can also prove who was caring for the child. As we investigate further, more details will be available as the investigation begins to pull the story together.”

According to forensic results from SLED, the victim was found to have 2700 ng/ml of the narcotic in his system at the time of his death.

The warrant issued for Brewer’s arrest states “the defendant is responsible in that she placed Oxycodone in the victim’s ‘sippy’ cup. The defendant then gave the cup to the victim to consume.”

Brewer is being held without bond following a magistrate’s hearing and faces 20 years to life based on the charges levied against her. According to PCSO officials the soonest Brewer may actually have a bond hearing could be mid-January.

“With the holidays right now, it could be another month or so before she has an opportunity to have a bond set for her,” Hashe said. “The way the process works, her counsel would have to request a hearing and at this point I don’t know if she has an attorney or if a public defender has been assigned, but even if they requested a hearing now, it would most likely be at least the third week of January before bond could be set, if it is.”

D. C. Moody may be reached at 864-855-0355.

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