Authorities say a two-year-old was found dead Tuesday at a home in South Carolina and two people have been arrested in the case.
According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called out to a home in the 100 block of Country Lane in Clinton, Saturday morning.
When deputies arrived at the home, they discovered the child had been “brutally beaten” with injuries all over his body. The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office also reports that the child had been “brutally sexually molested” prior to his death.
The two suspects arrested in the case have been identified as William Ryan Looper and Jessica Blake Smith. Smith is the mother of the child who was killed and Looper is her current boyfriend, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Looper is charged with Murder, first-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor, and two counts of Unlawful conduct toward a Child.
Smith is charged with Homicide by Child Abuse and two counts of Unlawful conduct toward a Child.
Laurens County Sheriff Don Reynolds gave a statement on the death: “These animals, who are possessed with pure evil, have no place in our society. There is no rehabilitation for people this evil. I’m sure God has a place for these broken individuals, as he does for these precious children.”
The case is being actively investigated.