MYRTLE BEACH — A toddler boy was rushed to the hospital late Thursday after Myrtle Beach police responded to a reported near drowning that officers said apparently happened when the child’s mother tried to baptize him at home.
The boy was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center where he stayed overnight for observation.
His mother, Micherald Dozier-Bellamy, 39, was charged early Friday morning with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to jail records.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
On Thursday police said the incident happened on at Bellamy’s home on White Street, and that after her attempt at baptism, she took her son to her mother’s house, one street away on Grey Street. Bellamy’s mother called police around 11 p.m. Thursday and reported a near drowning, according to Sgt. Keith Goode of Myrtle Beach Police.
Goode said Thursday, before the child was taken to the hospital by ambulance, that when police arrived Thursday the child’s injuries did not appear life threatening.
Bellamy was arrested at the hospital, according to police.