South Carolina Woman Charged In Daughter's August Death

WOODRUFF, S.C. (AP) — An upstate South Carolina woman has been charged with manslaughter in the August death of her daughter.

Local news outlets report that Heather Wessel of Woodruff was arrested and charged Friday. She's accused of manslaughter in the Aug. 7 death of 22-year-old Ayla Franklin, who was found facedown and unresponsive in a front yard.

Woodruff police say they, the coroner and county prosecutors later began investigating the death as a homicide, although they haven't yet said why they concluded that the 45-year-old Wessel caused Franklin's death.

Wessel remains jailed in Spartanburg awaiting a bail hearing.