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Richland County Sheriff’s Department


RCSD arrests Bautista for child abuse

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced the arrest of Carmen Flores Bautista (DOB: 07/26/1978) charged with great bodily injury to a child. 

Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Bautista was arrested during the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 07, 2016 at 1931 Pineview Road, (Richland County Sheriff’s Department Victim Services Unit) 20209.

The Sheriff stated that on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Richland County Sheriff’s Department investigators were called to 5 Medical Park Road Richland (Palmetto Health Richland Children’s Hospital) 29203 in reference to a case of child abuse. The Sheriff stated on the evening of Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the 600 block of Kentucky Street, 29201 Bautista was the babysitter of an eight-month old baby girl. During this time, Bautista shook the baby violently causing extensive brain injuries to the child. The Sheriff stated that the baby was rushed to Palmetto Health Richland and remains in critical condition due to multiple contusions and severe injury to the brain.          

The Sheriff stated that our first priority is to help those who have been abused and to protect those who may be vulnerable to future abuse. The Sheriff reminds us that there is help when warning signs appear and urges you to reach out for assistance during these times; Children’s Trust of South Carolina works to prevent child abuse, neglect, and injuries whether through intent or unintentional. The Sheriff asks that you seek help before it goes beyond assistance; progress has been made to improve the quality of life for children, but there’s still work to be done in order to protect our children. We must shield these little ones from the emotional, physical abuse, sexual assualts, and neglect that those with sick minds inflict upon them. If you see, hear, or know of any child who may be enduring such pain and suffering please contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Department at 803-576-3102 or call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.

The Sheriff stated that Bautista has been transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.


December 07, 2016

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Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
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