ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Authorities are dropping charges of kidnapping a baby against a man in Orangeburg County because police in Charleston say he was beating his wife in a hospital room at about the same time.

Deputies had charged 26-year-old Rondell Washington in connection with the kidnapping of a 4-month-old girl from a Holly Hill home on January 14th.

Washington was believed to be one of seven men who broke into the home and kidnapped the infant, leaving her unharmed on the side of a road in Berkeley County.

But Washington's lawyer pointed out he was arrested at almost the same time at a Charleston hospital.

Police say he hit the mother of his child and threw her on a bed.

No one else has been charged in the baby kidnapping case.