A woman and her boyfriend from Conway, SC were arrested for child neglect, and records show this was not the first time she has been charged for neglecting her children. According to WMBFNews.com, there is an ongoing investigation into this reported child abuse, leaving both the mother and her boyfriend facing charges.
The couple was arrested in February for marijuana charges and cruelty to children, which launched an investigation. Social services took the children, placing them in a relative's custody. The children were then given a drug screen, and they tested positive. All three children were sent to a recovery center in April, where authorities discovered the couple had abused them, as well as exposing them to marijuana and cocaine. The mother and her boyfriend also supplied them beer and vodka, as well as choking two of the children.
A doctor at a local urgent care found this so troubling because the risk of overdose for such a small person is very high. He said, "These doses they give kids, they would normally give adults are too high of doses for children. So high doses of cocaine or alcohol could kill the children right on the spot."
None of the reports of abuse surfaced before the children were taken into custody, but the mother later admitted that she and her boyfriend smoked drugs in front of the children. The mother is charged with three counts of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person, while the boyfriend also received those charges and another charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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Photo courtesy of J. Rueben Detention Center.