More Charges Possible for Parents Arrested in Infant Death

Mysterious fatality Wednesday was second for Ladson couple, investigators said.

Investigators said Friday that more charges were possible for two parents arrested in connection with the death of their two-month-old, Kayden Melvin. New charges could be related to the death of another child in 2010, authorities said. 

Angel Ann Richardson and Todd Stephen Melvin have been charged with unlawful conduct to a child. According to affidavits filed with the court, Kayden suffered from cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead Wednesday morning.

Investigators cited "deplorable" living conditions in the home, including canine feces and unknown fluids in the common area.

"Flying insects were also swarming the areas of fecal matter," states the affidavit. "Several cockroaches were observed in the victim's bassinet." Multiple bug bites were also found on infant's body, according to police.

In June 2010, emergency crews were called to the home regarding an unresponsive infant. The infant had allegedly been found in her crib, cold and stiff to the touch, officials said. After efforts to revive the baby girl, she was pronounced dead. Neither Melvin or Richardson were charged in the incident, according to investigators.

While the investigation continues, The Post and Courier reports that autopsies of both children haven't revealed a cause of death, limiting the charges available in each case.

ABC News 4 notes the state Department of Social Services has intervened to protect other children in the home, including a third child badly burned in a water incident who was later adopted and a fourth, currently in foster care with an adoption plan.

In the case of the burnt child, hospital staff contacted police in April 2009 due to the child's serious burns on its hands and feet that didn't match the story given by Richardson's boyfriend at the time, Alexander Ross Perry, according to reports.

Perry had said the child's skin started peeling after a bath in lukewarm water, according to the report. He was charged with inflicting great bodily harm and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Perry and Richardson were each charged with contributing to the delinquincy of a minor.

stanley seigler July 02, 2012 at 01:34 AM
@Chanel Girl re: 'but I'm not supposed to be saying any of these things because I will be labeled a racist, likely by you.' bless yo heart child...you label yourself...with racist statements like: hate filled racism all over the country, mainly blacks against whites...hollywood run by Jews...If whites hadn't given them the opportunity still be living in slums... My friends and I all see the racism projected at us by blacks, and are also very aware of the race baiting...A white person can't say black without being called a racist... when in a hole stop digging... hard to believe people like you are still around...oh, you are just putting me on, right...impossible you believe this crap...
Not Public July 02, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Jewish is not a race....it is a belief system,... a religion. You are a blatent racist,and you ought to just wear the label, but you obviously are not aware how your beliefs are seen by the rest of the world. Bliss.
stanley seigler July 02, 2012 at 05:43 PM
@Not Public: re: 'Bliss' sad the harm 'blissful' people do... a clarification to my previous post: 'when in a hole stop digging' was not a comment by CG...it was advice re her blatant racist remarks... bet some of CG's best friends are jews and blacks...
Diana March 06, 2013 at 05:29 AM
What happened to the baby killers? Did they even get any prison time? And i dont care what color anybody is if you kill a child you deserve the same sentence you delt out to that child. DEATH!!!
Lindsay Street March 06, 2013 at 02:18 PM
The charges against Angel Ann Richardson are still pending. She posted bail in August. The last appearance in court was in November. The original charges against Todd Stephen Melvin are still pending. He posted bail in June. The last appearance in court was in November. He was recently arrested for an alleged driving under suspension with an uninsured vehicle in February, and faces new those charges in a separate case.


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