Richland County authorities upgraded the charge against Carmen Flores Bautista, 38, to homicide by child abuse after an 8-month-old girl died from injuries suffered while in her care earlier in the week.
The child was identified as Leah Martinez Tapia of Columbia by Richland County coroner Gary Watts. An autopsy determined that her death was due to blunt force trauma to her head, Watts said.
The child’s babysitter is accused of violently shaking her that on the evening of Dec. 7, at a home on the 600 block of Kentucky Street in Olympia.
The violent shaking caused “extensive brain injuries to the child,” Sheriff Leon Lott said in a news release late Friday.
Bautista originally was taken into custody and charged with child abuse Wednesday morning after officials at Palmetto Health Richland Children’s Hospital contacted authorities, Lott said.
The baby died from her injuries Friday evening, Watts said.