-Pediatric nurse and foster mother charged with homicide by child abuse
-Angela Dukes arrested on May 6 on charge of illegal conduct toward child
-Dukes accused of taping the boy’s mouth shut to keep a pacifier in place
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A pediatric nurse and foster mother in South Carolina has been charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of a 9-month-old boy.
The State reported Wednesday that the Richland County grand jury indicted 30-year-old Angela Deniece Dukes of Columbia on the more
serious charge in the death of Curtis Williams.
Dukes had been arrested on a charge of illegal conduct toward a child on May 6. That charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years
in prison. The homicide by child abuse charged carries a penalty of 20 years to life in prison.
Dukes is accused of taping the boy’s mouth shut to keep a pacifier in place. She was caring for the boy after police found him with his mother in a marijuana smoke filled room Feb. 7.
Dukes was being held in the Richland County jail. It was unclear if she had an attorney.