Rock Hill Father Pleads Guilty In Two-Year-Old Son’s Death

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A Rock Hill father plead guilty Tuesday to charges related to the death of his 2-year-old son in April 2018.

Bruce Williams, 34, plead guilty under an Alford plea to Homicide by Child Abuse and was sentenced to 23 years in prison without parole. Williams will also be required to register on the child abuse registry if he is ever released.

According to Judge Bill McKinnon, an Alford plea means the defendant does not admit guilt in court, but, by accepting the Alford plea, does acknowledge the likelihood that he would be convicted if the case went to trial. Judge McKinnon says sentencing for an Alford plea is the same as any other guilty plea.

The child’s mother, LaKesheia Jackson, is also charged in connection to the death. Her trial date has not yet been determined.

Update (May 7, 2018):

Police say they have now placed additional charges on the parents of a two-year-old that died in Rock Hill.

The mother, LaKesheia Jackson, has been charged with homicide by child neglect.  The child’s father, Bruce Williams, has been charged with homicide by child abuse and murder.

Police say he used physical force on the child and knew it could cause death due to the victim’s fragile condition.

Original Story (April 25, 2018):

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Police say they arrested a mother and father in Rock Hill after their two-year-old child died.

Investigators say they were called to a home on Williams Street on April 24th in reference to a child not breathing.

Rescue crews worked to resuscitate the child but he was pronounced dead a short time later.  The child’s parents, Bruce Williams and LaKesheia Jackson, were both charged with unlawful conduct towards a child.

The suspects will have a bond hearing scheduled for April 25th at 2pm.  No other details have been released at this time.