Beaufort mother held after toddler allegedly dropped from apartment balcony

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Beaufort mother held after toddler allegedly dropped from apartment balcony

By PATRICK DONOHUE
pdonohue@beaufortgazette.com
Published Tuesday, December 20, 2011   |  291 Words  |  

A 22-year-old Beaufort woman remained in custody Tuesday, accused of dropping her child from the balcony of an apartment complex.

Shayla Jerea Bryan was charged with attempted murder after Beaufort Police officers were called at about 10:25 p.m. Monday to the Cross Creek Apartment Complex on Ambrose Run after reports of a child falling from a balcony, Beaufort Police Chief Matt Clancy said.

Clancy said officers found a 3-year-old suffering from injuries consistent with a fall. The apartment where Bryan and her family lived was on the top floor of one of the complex's three-story buildings.

The child, whose name was not released by police, was first taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital before being moved to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Clancy said. Authorities declined to provide an update on the child's condition but described the injuries as "severe."

Beaufort Police and officers from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division determined that Bryan, the child's mother, intended to injure the child, and she was arrested at about 6 a.m., according to authorities.

SLED was called by Beaufort Police to the scene to help process evidence, said Deputy Police Chief Dale McDorman.

It's not clear whether authorities believe the child was thrown or pushed from the balcony or what motivation Bryan might have had. McDorman decline to provide those details but said more would be released as they become available.

Several of Bryan's neighbors declined comment Tuesday.

Bryan was being held Tuesday night at the Beaufort County Detention Center after being denied bond, according to the county's jail log.

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