Travelers Rest man sentenced to 15 years for infant stepson's death

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A Travelers Rest man on Thursday in a Greenville County courtroom pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of his 4-month-old stepson.

Kyle David Hitchcock was sentenced to 15 years, the result of a negotiated plea deal.

Last May, Travelers Rest officers responded to a home on Red Holly Way in reference to an infant who was not breathing and was unresponsive. The child was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

According to the Greenville County Coroner's Office, the infant's cause of death was determined to be homicide by non-accidental brain injury. Following their investigation, Travelers Rest police charged Hitchcock with the child's death.

During Thursday's hearing, Hitchcock was credited for the 340 days that he has already served, and he will be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of his sentence, according to state law.

"I'm glad there is some sort of closure, but I would have liked to have seen a more appropriate sentence following the death of a child," Travelers Rest Police Chief Lance Crowe told the Tribune following the hearing.


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