On June 3, 2017, officers of the Georgetown Police Department responded to a home on Delta Drive for an unresponsive 14-day old female infant. The child was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina and subsequently passed away.
A funeral service was held for the infant, however the family could not afford a marker for the grave. Then on July 20, 2017 officers were dispatched to the same address for a disturbance.
Officers recognized the address and responded. After interviewing everyone involved, it was determined that the incident was brought on by the grief stricken mother's inability to provide her child with a proper grave marker. She believed that placing a marker on the child's grave would bring her closure to this terrible event.
Armed with this information, Officers knew what had to be done. The next day, Lieutenant Steve Church went to the funeral home to inquire how much money it would take to purchase a head stone for the child's grave. With that information plans were made to raise the necessary funds to pay for the marker. Within one week the money was raised from donations from the community. The Georgetown Police then worked with the mother to design and ordered the headstone.
“They say it takes a village to raise a child”, but it takes a community pulling together as one to help those in need, Chief Kelvin Waites said. “Today we dedicate this marker to honor the life of Helaina Desulme. It is our hope and prayer that this marker can provide closure to this precious family.”
Ms. Iresha Carter, mother of Helaina, stated she is overwhelmed by the generosity of the community and wants to thank the men and women of the Georgetown Police Department for their assistance in making this dedication a reality.