Child nearly drowns while his mother performs baptism ritual

Micherald Dozier-Bellamy 
By: Eva Fett 

A mother who attempted to baptize her son at home nearly killed him, according to police.

A young boy was rushed to a hospital last week, after Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Police, responded to an alleged near drowning, according to officials. The incident reportedly occurred when the child's mother tried to baptize him at her home.

The child was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, where he remained overnight for observation.

His mother, Micherald Dozier-Bellamy, 39, was charged on Friday morning, with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to jail records.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

On Thursday, the police said that the incident occurred in the house of Bellamy on White Street, and that after her attempt at baptism she took her son to her mother's house, on Grey Street.

Bellamy’s mother called police at 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, and reported the near drowning, according to Sgt. Keith Goode of the Myrtle Beach Police.

Goode said on Thursday, that before the child was taken to a hospital by ambulance, police arrived at the scene and saw that the child's injuries did not seem life threatening.

Bellamy was arrested at the hospital, police said.