MYRTLE BEACH — A woman who was found intoxicated and incoherent beside her 2-month-old child in March is facing charges in the child’s death, according to Horry County police.
Police on Thursday charged Caitlin Elisabeth Jackson, 27, of Myrtle Beach with unlawful neglect of a child, according to jail records. She said booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 12:36 p.m. and was released at 7:31 p.m. on $10,000 bail.
Jackson’s arrest stems from an incident on March 22, when Horry County officers were called to a home in the 400 block of BrandyMill Boulevard for an unresponsive infant. When officers arrived, they found a 59-year-old woman, the child’s grandmother, doing CPR on the victim.
EMS workers arrived and continued medical treatment while taking the baby to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, according to the report. The child was pronounced dead at 5:24 a.m. the same day.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said 2-month-old Isaiah Jackson died of sudden infant death syndrome, definitive etiology not determined, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.
Police learned from the grandmother that she was awakened by her 4-year-old grandchild, who said she couldn’t wake her mother, Jackson, according to the report. The grandmother then found Jackson and the unresponsive infant in the computer room.
The grandmother told police the computer chair was knocked over, and Jackson was laying beside the victim, who was in a small bouncy chair type bassinet, according to the report. Officers noted that Jackson was “incoherent due to a high level of intoxication and did not know what had happened.”
Police said Jackson had little reaction to the situation, and officers learned she had consumed Xanax and alcohol. Officers found a pill bottle that was filled on March 21 with 60 pills. The bottle contained 32 pills with 28 pills missing, and Jackson told officers she was the only person consuming them.
Because of Jackson’s intoxicated state at the time of the incident, Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said authorities waited until toxicology results were available before they charged Jackson in the baby’s death. Kegler said it appeared Jackson collapsed onto the child when she fell out of the chair.
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