Jeremy Strickland, 20, was arrested and charged with unlawful conduct towards a child after the victim's mother saw bruises on the 2-year-old child's neck, a sheriff's office press release stated.
The mother said Strickland was babysitting the child while the mother was at work, the release stated. She noticed the bruises when she came home.
Strickland then texted the mother apologizing for hitting the child, the release stated.
After the mother went to police, Strickland turned himself in to the Richland County Sheriff's Office.