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AIKEN COUNTY: Death of 3-Year-Old Girl is Under Investigation


An autopsy and toxicology tests will be done to determine the cause of death of a 3-year-old Jackson girl on Sunday, according to Aiken County authorities.

Riley Scott, daughter of Carolyn Scott, was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Georgia on Sunday night after being found blue and unresponsive Sunday night by her older brother and her mother. The girl had been asleep for about two hours when her brother went into the room to try and wake her inside the home at 115 Ellen Drive. (A report says the children lived at Ellen Drive, but the mother lived on Partridge Bend Road in Aiken.)

“Carolyn was trying to get the other juvenile to stop when she noticed what appeared to be vomit on the bed,” a sheriff’s report says. “Carolyn rolled the victim over on her back and noticed her to be unresponsive and turning blue. Carolyn then called for her mother Jennifer Scott, who then called 911.”

The mother and the homeowner, Ronald Doyle, told authorities they were unsure what the girl could have gotten into. The mother said Riley had no known medical issues.

First responders attempted CPR on Riley. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Sheriff’s forensics and juvenile investigators were called to the home to look into the death. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Newberry, S.C., to determine a cause of death, but determining an exact cause could take longer as they wait on toxicology tests, Coroner Darryl Ables said.

(Note: If you have a better photo of Riley to share, please text it to 803-487-3224.)

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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