MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A toddler in the Grand Strand nearly drowned after police say his mother apparently tried to baptize him.
The incident report from Myrtle Beach Police states they were called to the 900 block of White Street shortly before midnight on Thursday where a child was reportedly drowning.
A witness claims they saw the suspect, 39-year-old Micherald Bellamy of Myrtle Beach, in the bathroom with the child in the tub. Both were naked and the child was underwater struggling to breathe.
The witness estimates the child was underwater at least two to three seconds before they removed the child, interrupting what Bellamy claims was a baptism.
The 2-year-old boy did not suffer life-threatening injuries but was held overnight Thursday at a hospital for observation. He has been placed in emergency protective custody.
Micherald Bellamy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and battery. She was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Saturday were her charge was listed as abuse/to inflict great bodily injury upon a child.
Bellamy bond was set at $15,000.
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