North Carolina Man Sentenced For Death Of A Child

Officials discovered four other children in the room and revealed a "white powdery substance" near the infant's bottle that tested positive as cocaine.

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in the death case of a 6-week-old child.

40-year-old, Geames Ratliff pleaded guilty in Horry County Circuit Court to a charge of inflicting extreme bodily injuries upon a child and was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison.

In August of 2019, Ratliff was visiting Myrtle Beach with the child’s mother and their other children. He took the 6-week-old into another room at the hotel where the family was staying. The child became unresponsive and was then transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center by ambulance and later died the next day.

The incident occurred at the Camelot Hotel on North Ocean Boulevard. Officials discovered four other children in the room and revealed a “white powdery substance” near the infant’s bottle that tested positive as cocaine.

An autopsy revealed that the infant died from injuries that were consistent with shaken-baby syndrome.