Mother accused of putting baby in refrigerator out on bond

Blackwell (Source: Chester Correction Center)

CHESTER, S.C. (WBTV) — A Chester mother accused of killing her 4-day-old son by putting him in a refrigerator has posted bond and is out of jail.

Angela Blackwell is charged with homicide by child abuse stemming from the death of her son, William, in February 2016. She was given a $25,000 bond late Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutors said Blackwell left the infant in the refrigerator for around three hours.

“When EMS tried to register the baby’s temperature, they could not even register at the time whenever they got the baby because it went below 80 degrees,” said Deputy Solicitor Candice Lively.

Blackwell was charged in August after a lengthy investigation. Her bond was previously denied pending a mental health evaluation. Another hearing was held Thursday.

Thursday, prosecutors said Blackwell was found to have documented “special needs,” but was competent to stand trial. In court, prosecutors said Blackwell confessed during a reenactment with investigators.

William Frick, one of the public defenders representing Blackwell, called the case a tragedy and told a judge he had some concerns about the statements she gave to investigators, with respect to her mental state.

Several of Blackwell’s friends and family members spoke on her behalf, asking a judge to grant a bond before the holiday.

“Angie don’t have a violent bone in her, and as far as leaving — if this child got out, it would just mean Christmas to her. It wouldn’t mean that she would go nowhere. She’ll be around people that love her and that will be there for her,” said Rhonda Doster, a family friend.

Frick said the family had financial hardships and that Blackwell wasn’t a flight risk or a danger to the community.

The child’s father also spoke in his wife’s defense. The couple has another child currently in protective custody.

A judge ruled that he would take the matter under advisement and that he would contact both attorneys by email with a decision.

Late Thursday, the judge agreed to set a bond at $25,000 with several restrictions. By Friday morning, Blackwell had posted bond and was out of jail.

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