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Robert Christian Kemp (Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)

Robert Christian Kemp (Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office)

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 14-month-old child who died last month.

According to WCBD, Orangeburg County deputies responded to a home on June 27 on a report of an unresponsive child.

Investigators say the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Robert Christian Kemp, was a family friend and was watching the child. He reportedly placed the baby in his crib for a nap and the child was later found dead.

Forensics determined the child died from asphyxiation.

Kemp allegedly gave the child “a bear hug, squeezing the victim so tight that the victim stopped breathing, as a result causing the toddler’s death,” according to the sheriff’s report obtained by WCIV.

Kemp was arrested Tuesday and was being held under a $10,000 bond as of Wednesday morning.

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