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Another Arrest In Saluda SC Vulnerable Adult Death

A third relative of the late James Boyd Chewning has been arrested in connection with his death last November in Saluda County, South Carolina. Amber Nicole Trent, 26, of Saluda, S.C. was arrested by town police and charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death – a felony…

A third relative of the late James Boyd Chewning has been arrested in connection with his death last November in Saluda County, South Carolina.

Amber Nicole Trent, 26, of Saluda, S.C. was arrested by town police and charged with abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death – a felony that could land her behind bars for up to thirty years.

Trent was Chewning’s granddaughter.  Her parents – 51-year-old Donald R. Chewning and 48-year-old Kathy Laine Chewning – have both already been charged with the same felony count related to James Chewning’s death.

Chewning was 79 years old when he died.

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[/timed-content-server] According to Trent’s arrest warrant, she “knowingly and willfully” abused and neglected her grandfather while he resided in her home at 320 South Calhoun Street in Saluda, S.C.

“The victim was battered, restrained to a bed using zip ties and rags and duct tape were used to cover the victim’s mouth and eyes,” the warrant stated.  “Physical evidence collected from the scene and statements corroborate the (investigator’s) testimony.”

This case was investigated by agents of the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and will be tried by the office of S.C. eleventh circuit solicitor Rick Hubbard.

Here’s the news release from SLED …

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Trent was booked this week at the Saluda County detention center.

As we noted in our original coverage of this case, all of those accused are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers (or until they make a public pleading in connection with the case).

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