State mulls request to probe injury to Mark Sanford’s niece

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina investigators are considering a request to investigate after U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford’s niece’s foot was apparently injured in an incident involving the congressman.

A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department incident report shows the injury occurred at Coosaw Plantation, the Sanford family farm, June 18.

The report, in which many of the details are blacked out, did not describe the injury or who contacted deputies.

Local media outlets report that John Sanford, Sanford’s brother and the girl’s father, issued a statement saying any suggestion Sanford would hurt his daughter’s foot or any of his children is “absolutely wrong.”

Sanford said he stands by his brother’s statement.

A sheriff’s department spokesman says the state has been asked to investigate because both Sanford and the sheriff have ties to the local Republican Party.

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