“I Was Trying To Find God,” Mom of ‘Baby Grace’ Charged With Homicide by Child Abuse

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The mother of ‘Baby Grace’ Carlson Santa Cruz had additional charges filed against her Monday.

Sarah Toney is now charged with homicide by child abuse.

Toney told police last week she lost the child in a Socastee creek on Tuesday.

It was a neighbor who called the police Tuesday morning. In the call, the neighbor said Sarah Toney showed up on her back porch soaking wet.

An autopsy was conducted Friday after crews found Baby Grace’s body in the Socastee creek Thursday afternoon.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler ruled her death a homicide and remains under investigation.

Toney told police she lost the child in a Socastee creek on Tuesday. It was a neighbor who called the police Tuesday morning. In the call, the neighbor said Sarah Toney showed up on her back porch soaking wet.

The caller was audibly shaken by her encounter with Toney.

In a just-released police incident report, Toney was asked by an officer why she walked into the creek with Grace.

She told him that it was because the baby was crying and then told him it was because “I was trying to find God.”

Police arrested Toney on an outstanding, unrelated charge on Tuesday. She was charged with unlawful neglect towards a child on Wednesday. On Thursday, the judge denied Toney bond.

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