Wanted Rock Hill mom who lost custody of sons twice arrested

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMarch 4, 2014 

Misty Ann Williford

The Rock Hill mother who lost custody of her young sons a second time when she violated terms of a social services agreement and has been at large for nearly two months, failing to appear in court twice, has been arrested, officials say.

Misty Ann Williford, 35, was booked into the York County Detention Center on Monday afternoon. She is held there without bond, charged with two counts of failure to appear, according to jail booking information. She was arrested by the York County Sheriff’s Office.

In January, bench warrants were issued for Williford’s arrest after she twice failed to make court appearances, where she was slated to answer for unlawful conduct toward a child charges she received last summer after police found her house filthy and littered with animal feces and urine. After she turned herself in to police, the state Department of Social Services took custody of Williford’s two sons, 4 and 8.

According to deputies, she was forbidden from being alone with her children, who were in the custody of their 60-year-old grandmother. That grandmother, police documents show, was also responsible for supervising any visits Willford had with the children.

On Jan. 27, York County Sheriff’s deputies went to Williford’s home in northern Rock Hill to search for her boyfriend, Michael Christopher Kennedy, accused of stealing more than $2,000 in power tools, lawn-care equipment, jewelry, hunting knives and firearms from Williford’s stepfather over the span of two months last year. He is being held at the York County Detention Center on a more than $20,000 bond, charged with 12 counts of receiving stolen goods, 12 counts of breach of trust, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of sex offender registry violation.

Deputies also found hints of a possible methamphetamine lab, but did not find any drugs, police documents show. They did learn that Williford violated a DSS safety action plan she agreed to when DSS officials first took custody of her children last July.

Williford’s unlawful conduct toward a child charges are still pending. It’s unclear when she will next appear in court.

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