26-year-old mom burns baby to death
COLUMBIA – A 26-year-old mom has been ordered held on one million dollar bond on charges for murdering her newborn baby.
Sasha Stokes made her initial court appearance in Columbia Thursday on murder charges.
Marion County deputies say Stokes placed her infant into a metal drum and then set it on fire.
Deputies were alerted to the incident by an anonymous phone call.
When authorities arrived at the residence in south Marion County, they found the charred remains of a baby inside the barrel.
Neighbors say they say the fire in the barrel as late as Sunday night.
So far, an autopsy has not been able to determine if the infant was dead when placed in the barrel, or died as a result of burns.