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Man charged with hugging a baby to death

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Reported by Liku Zelleke

Robert Kemp, 26, from Columbia, S.C., was on Wednesday charged with the involuntary manslaughter of a child that was just 14 months old after he hugged him so tightly that he stopped breathing. The question many are asking is why the charges came almost a year to the day the little boy died.

According to the Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle, baby Jaylen Harris died from asphyxiation on June 27th, 2013.

Kemp was taken into custody on Tuesday and was released the next day on a ,000 bond.
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The arrest warrant issued stated that he had killed the boy “by giving him a bear hug, squeezing the victim so tight that the victim stopped breathing as a result.”

An incident report states that Kemp told deputies that he was playing with the boy when he started to rub his eyes like he was tired and that he then put him in his crib, on his back and gave him his bottle. He then said that he went to the kitchen.

After doing chores for some time he says that he realized the boy hadn’t made a sound in a while. When he went back into the bedroom to check on him he stated that he found baby Jaylen on his stomach, unconscious and with his hands balled into fists.

Another unnamed person, who was also present in the house at the time of the incident, started to give him CPR but the baby couldn’t be resuscitated.

A release made public by Orangeburg County Sherriff department didn’t say why it took a whole year to bring the charges against Kemp while an email sent out by a spokeswoman for the sheriff stated that there would be no more information forthcoming.

What is known is that if he is found guilty, Kemp could face up to 5 years in prison.