Children taken into protective custody at Fort Mill hotel

rsouthmayd@heraldonline.comDecember 12, 2013 

— Four children were taken into emergency protective custody by the state Department of Social Services after two were spotted wandering alone at the Clarion Hotel on Palmetto Place in Fort Mill, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

Late Tuesday morning, a hotel restaurant employee called the sheriff’s office after she saw two small children come downstairs to pick up a carry-out food order that had been made by someone on the phone “who sounded intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics.”

The sheriff’s deputy who responded found the children’s mother, 31, in a room at the hotel. The report describes the mother as “very confused” and appearing to be under the influence of drugs. She told the deputy she was on several types of medication. The deputy called the woman’s husband, who was at work in Rock Hill, who came to the hotel.

When the deputy spoke with the Department of Social Services, he discovered that the woman was not supposed to be alone with her children.

DSS took the four children – who range in age from 1 to 10 – into custody, and the woman and her husband went back to their home in Greenville to comply with a safety plan created by DSS.

No charges were filed.

Rachel Southmayd •  803-329-4072

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