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SC Teen Baby Sitter Won’t Be Charged In Death

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors have decided to drop a homicide by child abuse charge against a teenager who found a 2-year-old disabled girl unconscious while caring for her in July 2012.

The girl was 17 years old when a coroner’s inquest blamed her for causing Ginny Hughes’s death in July 2012. The baby sitter was charged with homicide by child abuse shortly after, but a magistrate dismissed the charge.

Prosecutors said Wednesday they reviewed the case and felt the magistrate was right. Authorities could have presented the case to a grand jury to have the charges reinstated.

The teen’s attorney says Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten rushed to judgment and took away a year of the girl’s life. The teen didn’t have a lawyer during the inquest.

Wooten didn’t comment Wednesday.

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