Rock Hill father charged baby's 'violent' death

jmcfadden@heraldonline.com, rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comJanuary 24, 2014 

Quentin Evans

— Police have charged a Rock Hill father in the death of his infant daughter after authorities determined that injuries he inflicted on her resulted in her death Thursday.

Quentin Evans, 25, is charged with homicide by child abuse, according to officials. His bond has been set at $100,000.

York County Coroner Sabrina Gast confirmed that her office is investigating 1-month-old Kaidence Evans’ death as a homicide. She would not release details about how Kaidence died, though an autopsy had been completed.

The cause of death should be released next week, pending a review by the child fatality team, Gast said.

Early Thursday morning, police were sent to 19 Wright St. after receiving calls about an infant who was unconscious and not breathing, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department. When officers arrived, they found paramedics already on the scene trying to resuscitate the girl inside an ambulance.

The girl was taken to Piedmont Medical Center, where doctors worked before she died, Gast said. An official time of death was not available.

After an autopsy was completed, Gast ruled the girl’s death a homicide.

Detectives saw apparent injuries on the girl, including a broken collar bone and bruising, said Bollinger, adding the girl suffered from internal injuries, as well.

“It was evident and apparent that this baby had been abused,” Bollinger said. “A lot of the things we saw are evidence of shaken baby syndrome, but the injuries ... it had to be really violent. We don’t know if the baby was dropped or what else happened to the baby, but we did have major indications of a shaken baby syndrome that caused injuries severe enough to cause the baby’s death.”

Evans was alone with the girl when the incident happened, Bollinger said. The girl’s mother was at her home.

“Early in the morning, (Evans) said he didn’t know what happened,” he said. “That was his first comment to police officers.”

Evans lives at the Wright Street home, less than a half-mile from Arcade Park, with his parents and other relatives. Kaidence’s mother does not live at the Wright Street home, and Thursday was Evans’ turn to be with his daughter.

Evans’ criminal history includes one conviction for possession of marijuana, according to records with the State Law Enforcement Division.

“Even being in law enforcement as long as I have, it’s always worse when it’s children and it’s even worse yet when it’s even babies,” Bollinger said. “Any time there’s homicides, whether you’re a big city that has lots of them or cities our size that average three to six a year, we always try to figure out if there’s something we can do as a police agency to stop it.

“When it’s an infant death like this, there’s not really anything we can do because it all happens behind closed doors,” he said.

On her Facebook page, Kaidence’s mother, Kierra Banks, is defending Evans.

“I know (and the) Lord knows (that Quentin Evans) is innocent...” she wrote on her page on Friday afternoon.

She also posted a picture of Evans holding Kaidence and wrote, “Does (this) look like a bad father (to y’all).”

Many of Banks’ Facebook friends agreed that Evans was a good father in Facebook posts.

Evans, who is active on Facebook, posted once about his daughter two days after her birth, writing, “I’m up otta go get my daughter, lil women look just like a me #responsiblepops.”

Kaidence’s death is Rock Hill’s second homicide this year.