Crime & Courts

Dead girl beaten after using bathroom on floor

Authorities said a baby sitter watching a 3-year-old girl who died in her care beat the girl with a belt after she used the bathroom on the floor.

Erica Butts, 23, is charged by homicide by child abuse in Serenity Richardson's death. Doctors say she had bruises over most her body and a large burn on her right leg.

Authorities said Butts was watching the child for Ieshia Richardson, a friend who was trying to move to South Carolina from Detroit.

Richardson was at a hearing Thursday where Butts was denied bond. Butts apologized to her over a monitor from the Charleston County jail.

Butts' lawyer called the incident a tragic event and said she has a clean criminal record.