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2/13/2013 2:06:00 PM
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A woman that was arrested a week ago and charged with manufacturing meth has now been charged in connection with the death of her 1-month-old son.

Investigators say they have charged Nina Pamila Bates, 33, with unlawful conduct toward a child after her son’s autopsy came back showing meth in his system. The coroner’s office ruled the death accidental when it occurred on Dec. 12, 2012, and lists the cause of death as asphyxiation.

Investigators say that Bates was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child because meth was not directly responsible for his death.

According to a report from the Greenwood Police Department, the child died after Bates fell asleep with the child in bed. Police were called to Self Regional Healthcare just after 5 p.m. on Dec. 12 by then-Chief Deputy Coroner Marcia Kelly-Clark. Clark told police that Bates said she fell asleep while breast feeding the child and may have rolled on top of him, causing him to suffocate. Clark also told police that there were no injuries to the child and he appeared to have suffocated.

Bates, whose last name was reported as Falkingham by police officials last week, was arrested with her husband, Andrew Bates, and another man after police discovered the ingredients to manufacture meth throughout the home, including multiple setups that had previously been used to manufacture the drug. All three denied knowledge of the items at the time of their arrest.

Bates was given a personal recognizance bond and released after her arrest last week. She was given a $25,000 cash or surety bond Wednesday morning and is currently being held at the Greenwood County Detention Center.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Article comment by: Steve (Doc) Gambrell

I believe the Model Prayer (the Lord's Prayer) says that we are to pray thusly---"Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven." Lord, may Your Will Be done, now. And Lord, reveal Yourself, and Your Will, to those who doubt. Amen.

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: Crystal F

EVERYONE deserves prayer, no matter what they've done. I'm not in any way defending her. I know her and am shocked beyond words. But if you can sit there and say she doesn't deserve prayer than I'm sorry but you're not a Christian and you don't truly know the Lord.

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: Mr. Roger

If any one can say that someone does not deserve our prayers, then they do not know my Jesus. I will pray for Nina and all who deserve our prayers.

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: Andrea Medlin

dobnt none of yall know what you would do if yall lost a kid so if you are talking bad about her then you are just childish you dont need to jugde someone and you dont know the pain i know her she was a great mom she didnt kill her baby they need to let that baby RIP . people need to pray for her not judge her okay it ticks me off to see people that dont know the pain talk about her and judge her.

Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013
Article comment by: Nancy W

Hate the sin, not the sinner. Everyone deserves prayers, no matter what they may have done. The harder it is to pray for someone, the more prayers are needed. God be with us all, especially Nina, her family and extended family.


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