Teen dies after mother allegedly unplugs ventilator


LYNCHBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman faces charges of voluntary manslaughter after police say she intentionally killed her 13-year-old child.

According to the State Law Enforcement Division, Sharma Ladile Harris, 37, in June 2020 disconnected a medical ventilator that was needed to help her child breathe. Investigators determined the machine was offline for 10 hours.

Harris, who lives in Sumter County, east of Columbia, was arrested Thursday, multiple news agencies reported. She was processed at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. It was unknown if she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.


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