A baby police found unresponsive in a Myrtle Beach hotel room Sunday died after abuse, authorities said.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said the infant died Tuesday morning in the hospital. The baby died of physical injuries, said Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Tom Vest. According to an arrest warrant, an autopsy showed the infant suffered from injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
On Sunday, Myrtle Beach police responded to Camelot by the Sea at 2000 North Ocean Blvd. for an unresponsive infant, according to arrest warrants. During a search of the room, police found a white powdery substance on a table near the infant’s bottle. “The substance field tested positive for the presence of Cocaine,” warrants said.
Four children were also staying in the room at the time of the incident.
The baby’s parents have been charged in connection with the case.
Geames Kena Ratliff, 37, and 32-year-old Laquena Lanishia Bostic face charges of multiple counts of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person by a legal guardian and possession of cocaine.
Ratliff also faces a homicide by child abuse charge.
On Thursday, Ratliff told Myrtle Beach Chief Judge Jennifer Wilson he is a native of Rockingham, North Carolina, and graduated high school. He is being represented by Conway attorney Scott Bellamy.
Wilson said she can not set bond on the homicide by child abuse charge. Bond must be decided on in general sessions court.
Ratliff’s initial appearance is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Horry County Government & Justice Center in Conway.