Originally created 03/03/05

Across South Carolina



Day care owner faces charges over death

ABBEVILLE - A home day care owner was charged with involuntary manslaughter and neglect Monday in the death of a 4-month-old baby left in her care.

Sherry Bayne, 44, of Abbeville, who owns Sherry's Home Daycare, was charged and released on bond in the Feb. 9 death of Caleb O'Daniel.

A toxicology report from the State Law Enforcement Division showed liquid Benadryl in Caleb's system, Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley said. Benadryl isn't suitable for infants, he said.

Caleb was the only son of Jennifer and Nathan O'Daniel, who hadn't given consent for the baby to receive the medicine, Mr. Ashley said.

Rise in smoking fines goes to House panel

COLUMBIA - Smokers could face a $20 fine for lighting up in state-owned buildings under a bill that is headed to the Senate Medical Affairs Committee.

Some state-owned buildings now have lounges and offices where smoking is allowed. The fine for smoking in prohibited locations is a minimum of $10.

On Wednesday, a Medical Affairs subcommittee approved a bill that prohibits smoking in all areas of more public buildings, such as private government offices.

Penalties might rise for abusive students

COLUMBIA - Students who injure public school teachers would face stiffer penalties under a bill a Senate Judiciary subcommittee approved Wednesday.

The bill says a student who injures a teacher or a school official, such as a principal, would be charged with a felony. It's now a misdemeanor charge.

State starts petition to fight base closures

COLUMBIA - In an attempt to ward off a military base closing, members of South Carolina's congressional delegation and the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce are seeking signatures for a petition to be sent to the Pentagon.

"The purpose is to collect thousands of signatures," said Donald "Ike" McLeese, the chamber's president. "We want to show the Department of Defense that we want to keep our bases."

About 85,000 letters seeking signatures and donations were sent out in recent weeks to alert residents to the process.