A Spartanburg man has been charged with homicide by child abuse and child abuse with great bodily harm following the death of a ten year old girl.
The arrest warrant says David Anthony Tyre, 31, shook the young child and dropped her on her head.
Tyre is being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center with no bond listed according to the jail website.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office are jointly investigating the death of Meah Danielle Weidner, 10, of Boiling Springs.
A deputy was called to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center on July 5 for a possible child abuse case. The incident report says Tyre, who is the boyfriend of the mother of the child, said he told the woman Meah was having a seizure.
The deputy says multiple bruises to her body and head were found and it was learned the girl suffered a fractured arm two weeks earlier.
Weidner died on July 7 and another SCSO incident report says Tyre admitted he did break the girl’s arm after originally saying she fell out of bed. The report says Tyre told the deputy and other law officials that “I must have shaken her too hard” following Weidner’s death.
The SCSO incident report lists the cause of death as “brain injuries,“ but the manner of death will be announced once toxicology studies are complete according to Coroner Rusty Clevenger.
The child abuse with great bodily harm charge against Tyre is related to her fractured arm in June.
Chief John Hall of Hilltop Fire Department confirms Tony Tyre was a volunteer firefighter with the department up until this week when he resigned “citing personal reasons”.
Tyre had been with the department since 2002.
Hall says Tyre was “a good firefighter, always showed up to calls and performed his job well”.