SC coroner’s inquest blames teenage baby sitter for death

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The teenage baby sitter for a South Carolina toddler faces a homicide charge after a coroner’s inquest blamed her for causing the toddler’s death.

Bond for 17-year-old Alicia Stepp was set Saturday at $100,000.

Stepp was a live-in babysitter for Amanda Montagu and her three children at her North Charleston home.

Stepp told investigators she found 2-year-old Ginny Rose Hughes unresponsive in bed on the morning of July 2. The girl was pronounced dead on July 4.

A coroner’s inquest jury on Friday ruled that Stepp caused the toddler’s death as a result of extreme indifference.

Medical officials testified the girl started having unexplained seizures and brain trauma in April. Child welfare workers that month took Hughes and her siblings into custody after deeming her home life was unstable.

Credit: The Associated Press.