Wednesday, 28 August 2019 13:36

2 facing cocaine, neglect charges after baby, who later died, found unresponsive in Myrtle Beach hotel

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Laquena Lanishia Bostic, left, and Geames Kena Ratliff are charged with cocaine possession and five counts of neglect after a child, who later died, was found unresponsive with suspected cocaine near the bottle. Laquena Lanishia Bostic, left, and Geames Kena Ratliff are charged with cocaine possession and five counts of neglect after a child, who later died, was found unresponsive with suspected cocaine near the bottle.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A child found in a hotel room with cocaine has died and two adults, including a Rockingham man, are facing neglect and drug charges.


WMBF reports that police responded to a call about an unresponsive infant Aug. 25 at the Camelot by the Sea hotel. During a search of the room, officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department reportedly found a white substance near the child’s bottle that tested positive for cocaine.

Police said there were four other children in the room, WMBF reports.

According to the television station, the unresponsive child was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in critical condition. That child died Tuesday morning, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge confirmed to the station Wednesday.

The adults, 37-year-old Geames Kena Ratliff of Rockingham and 32-year-old Laquena Lanishia Bostic, were arrested and each charged with five counts of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person by a legal guardian and one count of possession of cocaine, WMBF reports.

Ratliff is in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center under a $125,000 secured bond. 

Bostic was booked into the Myrtle Beach Jail. She reportedly bonded out Monday.

Staff at WMBF say Bostic’s full address was redacted from documents sent by the police department.

South Carolina court records do not yet reflect the pending charges.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.