Cassandra Clautu, 27 & Philip Coker, 34, was arrested in the death of a 4-month-old Toddler

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A mother of an Infant and her boyfriend have been arrested and charged with the death of a four-month-old child in Richland County. The name of the child’s mother is Cassandra Clautu who is 27-year-old and her boyfriend, Philip Coker, who is 34-year-old as reported by officers.

On September 9 of 2022, an autopsy conducted found that the baby had acute rib fracture and severe brain and eye hemorrhaging along with many multiple bruises already found by deputies and medical professionals. From this report, it seems that the child was abused by the Mother’s boyfriend.

The mother of the child claimed that her boyfriend had been watching the child and that he woke up to find the baby unresponsive. She also said he then called for emergency medical services. But, after further investigation, it was found that the small child also had injuries from previous incidents that happened many days earlier. Despite this, investigators said the child’s mother didn’t seek any medical treatment for the baby when the baby was hurt. As of now she and her boyfriend are in police custody as they are charged with infant murder.

Police Reports about Infant’s Death Case

According to the reports by Richland County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the area hospital on September 6 after the baby was brought and was unresponsive at that time. The Deputies then noticed bruises on the baby’s body, including the back, arms, legs, and ears.

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The sheriff’s department also said the baby was placed on life support but was pronounced brain dead two days later on Sept. 8. After the death of the baby, officers found the suspects as a Child’s Mother and her Boyfriend.

What Happened to Child Mother and Her Boyfriend after Child’s Death?

After the infant’s death, 27-year-old Cassandra Clautu and her boyfriend, 34-year-old Philip Coker were arrested and charged in connection with the child’s death. Clautu who is the child’s mother was charged with unlawful conduct towards a child. And his boyfriend, Coker was arrested on the same day and charged with homicide by child abuse. They both have since been booked into Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and further investigation is going on.

We hope for the baby’s soul to rest in paradise and for strict punishment for the criminals.