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SC man sentenced to life in prison for killing his 5-year-old son

WACH Columbia logo WACH Columbia 6/21/2022 Briasia Russ
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On June 16, 2022, a Richland County jury found Michael Gamble guilty of homicide by child abuse for killing his five-year-old son, Jaiden Hammond.

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According to the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office, EMS was called to Gamble's home where they found the child unresponsive and showing signs of rigor on January 22, 2019.

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Officials say EMS attempted to resuscitate Jaiden and eventually transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

His body was covered in bruises, including some on his right hip, torso, back, left cheek, right cheek, and chin.

According to officials, Gamble provided law enforcement with multiple versions of the events leading to the child’s death. 

Additionally, his girlfriend told law enforcement that she heard Gamble beating the child with a belt around midnight for about 10 minutes because he had been acting up on the bus the previous day.

An autopsy was performed where he found that Jaiden sustained multiple subdural hematomas and other brain injuries. 

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He testified that these injuries happened within two hours of his death and that the head injury would have caused immediate effects, rendering the child unresponsive within an hour of the fatal blow.

Based on evidence and testimony as to when the injuries had to have occurred, Jaiden was with his father at the time the injuries were inflicted. 

Further investigation revealed video clips that Gamble had taken of his son where Jaiden indicated he was going to call 911 on his father for beating him. 

In response, the suspect coached his son on what to say if anyone asked if he was beaten at his house.

The jury deliberated for an hour before finding Gamble guilty and he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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