Elousie Wade-Meria Taylor, 51, had bond set at $150,000, a week after State Law Enforcement Officers arrested her in connection to the death of 16-month-old Xzavian Knight of New Ellenton. Taylor kept Knight and three siblings at her home on Saint Johns Church Road near Jackson, according to the state Department of Social Services. Taylor was denied bond last Friday after her arrest.
Judge Early said Taylor could appeal the bond pending the findings from a review of the state's investigation and the child's X-rays by a Michigan forensic radiologist. The reports are expected in two to three weeks, according to the Aiken county Solicitor's Office.
County prosecutors said on Wednesday that Knight was shaken and had head injuries that likely resulted from being punched or slammed down. According to SLED's arrest warrants, the injuries occurred while the child was in Taylor's care and before his mother picked him up from her home on Aug. 5. According to prosecutors, Taylor called the child's mother around 1:30 p.m. and said he was running a temperature. The mother picked the child up between 4:30 and 5 p.m. and took him to Doctor's Care by 6 p.m. The child died on Aug. 6.
Taylor has had no prior record with the state DSS since receiving her license in 1999. In addition to the homicide charges, Taylor was also cited for having an unauthorized care giver in her home that had not undergone background checks and for having more than six children in her care at the time of SLED's initial visits.
If convicted, Taylor faces 20 years prison and a possible life sentence.