South Carolina Woman, Her Newborn Son Found Dead In Home, Baby’s Father Accused Of Murder

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Source: Greenville County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Nov. 11 2022, Published 4:26 p.m. ET

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A South Carolina man out on bond for attempted murder allegedly caused the death of a woman and their newborn son, authorities said.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 9,the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Marietta home after receiving a report of a missing woman, Clarrissa Michelle Winchester, 22, WHNS reported.

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Inside the residence, deputies located the bodies of Winchester and her newborn baby boy.

Authorities identified Tyler Wilkins, 21, as a suspect in Winchester’s death, and he was arrested on charges that included kidnapping, murder, child abuse, and unlawful neglect of a child, according to arrest warrants obtained by WHNS.

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The warrants claim Wilkins would not let the victim leave a relative’s home, where he allegedly assaulted and murdered her. He then did not seek medical help for his son after the child’s birth, according to deputies.

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An autopsy determined Wilkins died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck, and her manner of death was ruled a homicide.

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At the time of the incident, Wilkins had been out on bond with firearm restrictions. WHNS reported a background check shows he was previously arrested in December 2021 with drug possession, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, attempted murder, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, threatening the life of an official and throwing bodily fluids.

The investigation continues.


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