A Conway man admitted to killing a baby and now will spend decades in prison

A man will serve 20 years in prison after admitting to killing an infant, officials said.

Demond Marquise Hannah, 22, of Conway, pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse during a hearing in Horry County court on Tuesday.

He had been watching the baby at a Conway residence in October 2018. The mother was away and the child quickly became unresponsive, according to the 15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office. The infant went to Conway Medical Center and then was taken by helicopter to the Medical University of South Carolina. The baby boy later died.

The child had injuries consistent with being violently shaken, according to the Solicitor’s Office.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.