Family digs baby out of debris after apartment roof collapse in South Carolina

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Greenville family is fighting for answers after the roof of their apartment collapsed above a 10-month-old baby.

The infant’s parents said the incident occurred at Shemwood Crossing Apartments on Sunday. The baby was reportedly sleeping when the ceiling collapsed and they had to dig her out of the debris.

Upstate activist Bruce Wilson, founder of Fighting Injustice Together, is speaking out in support of the family–and questioning the safety of the residence.

“I think that we can look at it and tell that it is not safe,” Wilson said. “You don’t have to have a bachelor’s degree to understand that this is not safe and you should not be asking a family to to continue to live here.”

Penny Wisneski, president of Reliant Realty Services which manages Shemwood Crossing, said the property was purchased about a year ago.

She said the company’s highest priority is the safety of the tenant and her family. Upon being notified of the problem, Wisneski said the family was moved to another apartment of the same size.

The baby’s father, Antwon Manning, described the incident as one of the worst moments he has ever experienced.

“I can’t really feel right now,” he said. “Just trying to get through the moment, trying to push on to the next objective, trying to knock everything out. But that was the worst feeling in my life.”

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