Sheriff Lott: Death of twin infants ruled an accident, no charges to be filed
COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott held a press conference Tuesday morning, providing an update on the investigation into the death of twin infants at the beginning of the month. Sheriff Lott says the father of 20-month-olds Brycen and Brayden McDaniel will not be charged, and their deaths were determined to be an accident.
Deputies say they were called to Sunshine House Early Learning Academy on Wilson Boulevard just after 5:30 p.m. on September 1 for a report of two unresponsive infants. Investigators say they found Brycen and Brayden inside a vehicle, and they were pronounced dead on the scene. Richland County Coroner Naida Rutherford says the boys died of hyperthermia.
Since this incident, investigators determined that the boys’ father went to the daycare after work to pick them up, when the staff told him he never dropped his children off that day. Officials say the father searched for his children and found that they were still in their car seats in the back of his car. Investigators say the father was cooperative and they determined there is no probable cause for arrest.
“As a father, cases like these are the most devastating to investigate,” Sheriff Lott said. “This family has lost two beautiful children and even though it was a tragic accident, they will live with that grief the rest of their lives. My heart goes out to them.”
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Richland County Coroner’s Office ask for prayers for the family.