Charles Sconyers
Photo: Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Columbia County Sheriff's Office

Augusta firefighter denied bond in toddler’s death

An Augusta firefighter charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler son was denied bond Tuesday after a detective testified the man’s explanation of what happened was inconsistent with the child’s injuries, the Augusta Chronicle reported.

Charles Sconyers has been behind bars since he was charged in the 23-month-old’s death last month.

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On May 1, Sconyers picked up Lincoln Davitte from a day care center and returned to his girlfriend’s home in Evans, where he let the toddler play outside, police said previously. 

Sconyers allegedly told officers he heard a scream and found Davitte lying face down on the patio. He said he rendered aid until emergency medical personnel arrived.

However, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said an investigation determined “something quite different” happened. 

On Tuesday, it was revealed in court that Sconyers told first responders the child was unresponsive after falling from a 3-inch stoop, the Chronicle reported. 

He called 911 at 6:38 p.m., less than half an hour after picking up Davitte from A Child’s World day care on Columbia Road and making the 15-minute drive home, a detective testified.

That evening, the firefighter was called to the hospital, where doctors told him the child’s injuries were not consistent with his story. Doctors said Davitte’s injuries were caused by blunt force trauma, as if the child had been in a car wreck or dropped from a higher altitude, Columbia sheriff’s office investigator Daniel Gaston said Tuesday. 

The child died May 4. 

According to the Chronicle, Sconyers’ defense attorney argued Davitte’s injuries could have occurred at the day care. He also said the state’s case is based on speculation since Sconyers was the only person home at the time.

Sconyers remains on unpaid administrative leave from the fire department. 

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