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Month-Old Baby’s Skull Fractured; Father Arrested

Father Hit Baby, Fractured His Skull, Deputies Say

POSTED: 9:11 am EST January 24, 2008
UPDATED: 11:20 am EST January 24, 2008

Deputies arrested the father of a 1-month-old baby whose skull was found to be fractured.
Deputies said the investigation started after the baby’s parents took him to the hospital. They told doctors that their child was just not acting normally.
“The mother is the one that noticed something wasn’t right,” said Master Deputy Michael Hildebrand. “She called her parents and that’s how the child ended up in the hospital.”
Doctors said when the baby boy arrived at the hospital last Tuesday, he had several fractures in his skull. Doctors told deputies the injuries appeared to be the result of child abuse.

Investigators then started asking the baby’s parents questions.
“The father came down here for an interview,” Hildebrand said. “As we were talking to him he admitted to hitting the child in the head, which we believed caused some of the fractures.”
Deputies said 26-year-old William Dickson admitted he hit the baby on Jan. 12. They said the baby wasn’t taken to a doctor until five days later.
The baby is now hooked up to a ventilator, but is expected to recover.
Dickson was being held at the Greenville County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

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CHESTER, South Carolina (AP) -- South Carolina man held his wife and two sons captive for nearly four years, a in a house infested with maggots and human waste, authorities said.

The boys slept on a bare mattress.  Their mother was kept in a drug-induced stupor. Police found maggots in the refrigerator. Human waste and used toilet paper littered the bathroom floor, and the house smelled like a dead animal, according to police photographs and authorities who visited the home after Dove was arrested this week.

"There was chaos everywhere," Chester County Sheriff's Detective Scott Thompson said Thursday. "I don't think we'll ever really determine how it happened -- how you get to live like that. I think he got so wrapped up in drugs and wanting to control everything, nothing else mattered."

The young boys, ages 4 and 8, did not go to school. and wererarely were allowed out of the house. A video camera monitored their room and the doors to the home.

Dove, 45, fed his wife, Tamara, with prescription painkillers, cocaine and crack, and forbade her to go outside, police said. Thompson said he did not expect the 37-year-old mother would be lucid enough to be interviewed for weeks.

"People don't understand why she just doesn't leave," Thompson said. "But with a little intimidation and a lot of drug use, this is what they grew to know as normal life."

Dove was charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal conspiracy, operating a gambling establishment and two counts of child neglect. He remained in jail Thursday without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison.

But Dove's mother said that her son held no one hostage and that his wife was the root of the couple's drug addiction.

"She's driven my son crazy," Helaine Young said in an interview at her home.

Young said she threw up when she visited the home with police, her first visit since Christmas 2005, when she said she left after being threatened by her daughter-in-law.

Young said her son was once a wealthy owner of several convenience stores, paying for anything his wife requested, including baby sitters and house cleaners. Her son installed the cameras for the family's security when he renovated the home in a rural town near the North Carolina line, she said. The pair met about 13 years ago, Young said.

Young, who has taken care of the couple's 12-year-old son since he was an infant, said she has asked the Department of Social Services repeatedly over the last six years to investigate.

"We have had reports in the past, and the nature of the reports are currently under review," agency spokeswoman Marilyn Matheus said. "It's too early to tell what exactly happened when."

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Rest in Peace
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Sandra and Jesse

York County Detectives Rule Deaths Of Mother, Son A Murder-Suicide

POSTED: 11:01 pm EST February 15, 2007
UPDATED: 5:35 pm EST February 16, 2007

YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- Detectives say a York County woman killed her child before shooting herself in a house on Saluda Road on Thursday evening.

The woman’s boyfriend and the boy’s father, Joe Helms, came home from work and found the two dead on the kitchen floor at the home near Autumnwood Drive, right at the York and Chester County line. He called 911 around 6:45 p.m.

Detectives with the York County Sheriff’s Department said the woman, 46-year-old Sandra Sue Glover, shot 7-year-old Jesse Helms in the back and in the head before turning the revolver on herself. The weapon was still in her hand when deputies arrived.

Glover had been convicted of domestic violence against her boyfriend earlier in the week. The judge gave her a suspended sentence but said she had to agree to alcohol counseling and had to take a course for betterers. The couple was also ordered to stay apart.

York County Sheriff's Lieutenant Tim Hager said officials are trying to put together a timeline of the incident. Glover picked her son up from Oakdale Elementary School, which she was allowed to do, and the shootings occurred sometime after 4 p.m., Hager said.

Investigators would not say whether Glover left a note. Autopsies are being conducted on both bodies.

Officers say they’re having a hard time with the investigation because many of them have young children themselves.

“Everybody on scene from the uniform guys up to the captain has kids, so we had a job to do and we did it, but now the reality is sinking in a little bit, and it's a bit tough,” Hager said.

Neighbors and the boy’s classmates are also trying to make sense of the tragedy. Oakdale Elementary School’s flag was flown at half-staff in honor of Jesse Helms, who others described as happy and gentle. They said he loved school.

Principal Neil McVann said he feels a deep hurt for Jesse’s teacher, who had to break the news to her class of second-graders that one of their own is gone.

“She is a true professional and really has a heart for the kids, and I think she’ll do a lot of crying this weekend,” he said.

McVann said Glover always picked her son up, and he never thought anything was wrong. The incident has left him flabbergasted.

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