Father charged after boy, 4, found alone outside Rock Hill apartment

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comNovember 19, 2013 

Antwain Sutton

— A Rock Hill father who went to a friend’s house to play video games while he was supposed to watch his 4-year-old son has been charged with neglect after police say a neighbor found the child wandering at an apartment complex without any clothes or supervision on Monday.

Police were sent to Market Place Apartments off Heckle Boulevard at about 11:35 a.m. after a neighbor reported finding the boy walking around in the area, according to a Rock Hill police report. The neighbor took the child to his apartment and notified apartment management.

The apartment’s manager gave police the boy’s address, where he lives with both his parents and a 2-year-old sister, the report states. The manager had been unable to contact either parent. Police found the apartment’s front door open. Officers reached the mother by phone. She told them she left for work in Charlotte at about 9 a.m., leaving the boy with his father, Antwain Sutton, 24. Typically, the boy goes to daycare but he was not able to attend on Monday.

Police spoke with Sutton, who claimed he was unaware the boy did not attend daycare that morning and left the house at about 10:30 a.m. to play video games in Rock Hill’s Sunset Park neighborhood, the report states. Officers wrote in their report that they believed Sutton was “well aware” that the boy was inside the house and deliberately left him.

Police arrested Sutton, charging him with unlawful neglect of a child, the report states. He is held at the York County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond. The child was given to his grandmother until his mother returned home from work.

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