Crime

Two-month-old baby beaten to death by father in Conway, cops say

Demond Marquise Hannah, 21, is charged with homicide by child abuse, unlawful neglect of a child, abuse/to inflict great bodily injury upon a child and second-degree domestic violence.
Demond Marquise Hannah, 21, is charged with homicide by child abuse, unlawful neglect of a child, abuse/to inflict great bodily injury upon a child and second-degree domestic violence.

Conway police say a 21-year-old South Carolina man murdered his 2-month-old baby who suffered multiple injuries last month.

Demond Marquise Hannah, of Scranton, is charged with homicide by child abuse, unlawful neglect of a child, abuse/to inflict great bodily injury upon a child and second-degree domestic violence.

Authorities said Hannah intentionally caused his 2-month-old child to suffer multiple life-threatening injuries to his body at a 1204 12th Ave. apartment. Warrants said the child was in Hannah’s custody Oct. 8 during the time of the incident.

The infant, Karter Kha’Lil Hannah, died Oct. 15 from multiple head injuries and hemorrhaging, rib fractures and mass trauma, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

The case falls under the state’s Child Fatality Act, which requires coroners to investigate deaths of people under 18 years old.

“A case like this is something that should have never happened,” Edge said Friday. “The Child Fatality Act was created to be sure that these cases were investigated as they should be.” He said if there’s criminal activity, investigating these young deaths makes sure people involved are penalized.

Officers responded to Conway Hospital, 300 Singleton Ridge Road, on Oct. 8 in reference to an unresponsive child. The child was then placed into emergency protective custody.

Hannah was denied bond on all charges, said Conway Spokesperson Taylor Newell. Authorities are waiting on final medical reports to determine if there will be any other charges in the case, Newell said.

According to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division background check, Hannah was charged with attempted murder in 2014 in Florence County. The charge was dropped in 2016.

Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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