Father charged with homicide after his 6-month-old infant dies in Newberry

A father has been arrested and charged with Homicide by Child Abuse after his 6-month-old child died.

(Courtesy: Newberry Co. Detention Center) Colie Dawkins

NEWBERRY CO., S.C. (WOLO) – A father has been arrested and charged with Homicide by Child Abuse after his 6-month-old child died.

Authorities say Collie Dee Dawkins was taken into custody on Nov. 9 afternoon and is currently being detained at the Newberry County Detention Center.

Dawkins was previously arrested on charges of unlawful conduct to a child and violation of the habitual offender act.

According to investigators, shortly after midnight, Newberry County 911 received a call regarding a domestic issue in the Prosperity area.

Deputies say Dawkins had been allowed to take the child to his residence in the Greenville-Spartanburg area, but sometime after leaving, the biological father called and began to berate the mother and made threats to harm the child.

Investigators say around 2 a.m., they found the suspect inside the vehicle with the infant unrestrained in a child seat at a convenience store on SC-34 at I-26.

He was later arrested and the child was found unresponsive. The infant was taken to the Newberry County Memorial Hospital, where life saving methods were attempted.

 

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