Sumter woman charged with homicide by child neglect


Mary Amelia Woods, 28, of 612 Miller Road, is in jail after an investigation determined her actions contributed to the death of her infant son, according to a news release from Sumter Police Department.

Woods is charged with homicide by child neglect and is being held at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

Police and Department of Social Services were called to the home on Oct. 8, 2016, after a 5- to 6-month-old infant was found unresponsive.

A warrant indicates the mother rolled over on the child, suffocating it while sleeping. According to the warrant and a statement given by the suspect, she was intoxicated at the time.

Woods turned herself in Thursday morning without incident.