South Carolina mother accused of killing newborn by putting him in refrigerator for hours

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Angela Blackwell, 27, is charged with homicide by child abuse.

CHESTER, S.C. — A South Carolina woman is accused of killing her newborn son by putting him in the refrigerator, WSOC reported.

Angela Blackwell, 27, is charged with homicide by child abuse.

Police were called to the hospital in Chester County on Feb. 27 after a child was brought in unresponsive.

Investigators say Blackwell was at her home on Rose Street when she placed 4-day-old William David Lewis in her refrigerator.  After three hours, the infant was removed from the fridge and the family called EMS, according to reports.

The newborn died the same day of hypothermia with asphyxiation from being placed in the cold, according to Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker.

Blackwell was arrested Monday after an extensive investigation, WSOC reported.

A motive is not yet known.

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