Ga. firefighter placed on unpaid leave after murder charge
Charles Sconyers, 28, is charged in the death of 1-year-old Lincoln William Davitte, who was weeks away from turning 2
The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.
AUGUSTA, Ga. — An Augusta firefighter has been placed on administrative leave without pay after he was charged Friday with murder in the death of a toddler in Columbia County.
Charles Sconyers, 28, is charged in the death of 1-year-old Lincoln William Davitte, who was weeks away from turning 2. According to an arrest warrant, Sconyers caused significant injury to the head and brain of Lincoln, which caused the child to die.
Deputies responded to AU Medical Center on May 1 and found Lincoln with injuries to the head, the warrant states.
The Augusta Fire Department said in a statement Monday that Sconyers was placed on administrative leave over the allegations. The department said Sconyers' alleged actions are not indicative of "the quality of personnel or services provided" by the department.
According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Sconyers picked up Lincoln from a day care center. He told deputies he returned to his girlfriend's residence in the 500 block of Edgecliff Lane in Evans and allowed the child to play outside. Sconyers told deputies he heard a scream, found the child face-down on a patio and rendered aid until EMTs arrived.
A sheriff's office investigation revealed "something quite different" occurred, Maj. Steve Morris said, but no other details have been released. Sconyers is being held without bond at the Columbia County Detention Center.
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