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Parents charged in 6-year-old daughter's death

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Beaufort County investigators revealed Monday that a St. Helena couple has admitted to abusing their 6-year-old daughter.

The couple is charged with killing D’Naja Fields, the cause of death: Total Body Blunt Trauma.

That's the term now being used by the medical examiner to describe how little D'Naja died back on July 10th. 

It was the words of Antonio Coaxum and Dajaa Fields, which ultimately lead to their own arrest on Saturday.

"The parents admitted that they had struck their child with a belt,” said Lt. Col. William Neill, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Neill said on July 7th, D'Naja’s parents called 911, claiming she was unresponsive, after falling on the floor several times. 

She was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital but was later transported to MUSC in Charleston, due to the severity of her injuries.

"There were marks on the child. The hospital actually notified the Sheriff's office about the severe beating the child had taken,” said Lt. Col. Neill.

Three days later, on July 10th, the 6-year-old was pronounced dead.

"Some of her organs started shutting down, which caused her to pass out on the night of the incident. And apparently she just couldn't survive the damage,” said Lt. Col. Neill.


It's a series of events which occur all too often, according to Christina Wilson, the Executive Director of Child Abuse Prevention Services in Beaufort County.

"On a daily basis in the United States of America, 3-7 children die from abuse,” said Wilson.

She added, typically, a child who's physically abused exhibits certain behaviors.

"They may be scared of adults, they may not make eye contact. They may not want to be touched or held. They associate physical touch with bad memories,” said Wilson.

But this time, according to Lt. Col. Neill, adults who knew D'Naja Fields had no idea what she was going through at home.

"It appears to be something out of character. We've never had a call to that residence,” said Lt. Col. Neill.

What part of the abuse actually killed this child has not been determined.  But investigators are confident the 6-year old was murdered.

Lt. Col. Neill said the couple is currently being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center.  They'll likely have a bond hearing this week, and face a circuit judge in the coming weeks.

Beaufort County investigators revealed Monday that a St. Helena couple has admitted to abusing their 6-year-old daughter.

The couple is charged with killing D’Naja Fields, the cause of death: Total Body Blunt Trauma.

That's the term now being used by the medical examiner to describe how little D'Naja died back on July 10th. 

It was the words of Antonio Coaxum and Dajaa Fields, which ultimately lead to their own arrest on Saturday.

"The parents admitted that they had struck their child with a belt,” said Lt. Col. William Neill, Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Neill said on July 7th, D'Naja’s parents called 911, claiming she was unresponsive, after falling on the floor several times. 

She was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital but was later transported to MUSC in Charleston, due to the severity of her injuries.

"There were marks on the child. The hospital actually notified the Sheriff's office about the severe beating the child had taken,” said Lt. Col. Neill.

Three days later, on July 10th, the 6-year-old was pronounced dead.

"Some of her organs started shutting down, which caused her to pass out on the night of the incident. And apparently she just couldn't survive the damage,” said Lt. Col. Neill.


It's a series of events which occur all too often, according to Christina Wilson, the Executive Director of Child Abuse Prevention Services in Beaufort County.

"On a daily basis in the United States of America, 3-7 children die from abuse,” said Wilson.

She added, typically, a child who's physically abused exhibits certain behaviors.

"They may be scared of adults, they may not make eye contact. They may not want to be touched or held. They associate physical touch with bad memories,” said Wilson.

But this time, according to Lt. Col. Neill, adults who knew D'Naja Fields had no idea what she was going through at home.

"It appears to be something out of character. We've never had a call to that residence,” said Lt. Col. Neill.

What part of the abuse actually killed this child has not been determined.  But investigators are confident the 6-year old was murdered.

Lt. Col. Neill said the couple is currently being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center.  They'll likely have a bond hearing this week, and face a circuit judge in the coming weeks.

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