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Tornado destroys at least 9 homes


QUINBY, S.C. — A tornado destroyed at least nine homes and damaged eight others at a mobile home park in Florence County on Tuesday night.

At least seven people were hurt but none of the injuries was life threatening, mostly involving cuts and bruises, the emergency medical services director said.

The National Weather Service surveyed the damage Wednesday and determined it was caused by a tornado with winds up to 105 mph. The storm was about 90 yards wide and had a 3-mile long damage path.

Police say boy, 4, was abused, killed

COLUMBIA — Richland County deputies say a 4-year-old boy died after he was beaten and abused by his parents.

Sheriff Leon Lott said investigators were called to a Columbia home Monday night after the boy was found dead.

The coroner’s office said an autopsy determined the boy died from blows to the head and body.

The boy’s parents, Courtney Thompson, 25, and Robert Guinyard, 28, have been arrested and charged with homicide by child abuse. It wasn’t known whether they had lawyers.

The sheriff says five other children and a newborn have been removed from the home.

Suspect’s mother wants own trial

BRUNSWICK, GA. — A woman charged with evidence tampering in connection with the March slaying of a Brunswick baby has asked a judge to try her separately from her son, an 18-year-old charged with shooting the child in the face.

Police say Karimah Elkins and her daughter tried to dispose of the gun used in the killing by dumping it in a pond, where investigators later found the weapon. Her attorney filed a motion in Glynn County Superior Court that argues prosecutors want to “muddy the waters” by trying the suspect charged with pulling the trigger alongside family members charged with trying to shield him from investigators.

Police say De’Marquise Elkins shot 13-month-old Antonio Santiago in the face as he sat in his stroller and shot the child’s mother, Sherry West, in the leg after she refused to give him money in an attempted street robbery.

In other news

STATE ENVIRONMENTAL officials say about 90,000 gallons of sewage has spilled off the Tybee Island coast. Environmental Protection Division officials say the spill is linked to a sewage line rupture Monday that has since been repaired.