by: Greg Suskin Updated:
YORK COUNTY, S.C. - Bryan Wayne George, 28, is locked up at the York County Detention Center, where he has been denied bond.
York County sheriff's deputies charged him with unlawful child neglect. They said the incident happened early Saturday at a home on Indian Trail on the Catawba Indian Reservation, where the child's mother lives.
The arrest warrant states that George was grossly intoxicated when he dropped his 7-week-old daughter in the bedroom of the house. She hit the bed frame and the floor, and suffered a broken arm and leg and fractured ribs.
Catawba Indian Chief Bill Harris told Channel 9 that the tribe's own Department of Social Services office is working with the family.
"I think right now everyone is concerned about the welfare of the child, due to the harm that was done to the child," Harris said.
The incident report states the child's mother got out of the shower, and heard the baby crying to the point that it scared her. She quickly went to warm a milk bottle, then came back to the bedroom.
According to the warrant, George was in bed next to the baby. He told her the infant had spit up, and there was a pool of blood on his chest.
The girl was taken by EMS to Piedmont Medical Center, where X-rays and a body scan showed the broken bones and rib injuries.
Harris wouldn't talk about the family specifically, but said the incident has upset the Catawba community.
"It is a tragedy, there's no doubt about that. Any time there's harm being done to a child, it's definitely a tragedy," he said. "But right now we don’t yet have all the facts."
Channel 9 tried to speak with the baby's mother on Tuesday. She declined to comment, saying she needed to focus on her child.
The baby and an older child are now in DSS custody, according to the police report.
Channel 9 learned George is also facing a pending domestic violence charge. He was arrested on March 13 after an incident reported by a different woman in Rock Hill.