Children removed from Clover house in filthy condition; parents arrested

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 4, 2014 

— Two Clover parents were jailed and their children sent to live with their grandmother this week after deputies say a 9-month-old girl was found eating crayons and rubber bands while alone in a filthy house.

Deputies were sent to a Beaver Springs Lane home at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday after a neighbor reported that two small children were left home alone in horrid conditions, according to a York County Sheriff’s report.

The neighbor found the boy, 4, playing outside with other children. The boy said his parents were at work and his baby sister was inside the house. The woman found her lying in the hallway eating crayons and rubber bands while sitting in a spoiled diaper, the report states.

The woman took the children to her house and called police, the report states. Authorities searched the home and found empty beer and wine bottles on the kitchen floor. Food crumbs and dry cereal were scattered across the floor, deputies say, and two open cases of beer were beside the couch closest to the front door. Engine fluid was on the floor beside a living room chair, while police found one child’s asthma medicine on the couch, covered with paper and food crumbs.

Cleaning chemical bottles and liquor bottles were strewn on the eating bar in the kitchen, while five bags of trash rested in a corner. Knives, scissors, glass beer bottles, spoiled milk jugs and food crumbs covered the kitchen table. Dirty food plates encrusted with mold were on the kitchen counter, next to a sharp hatchet. Dishes covered in gnats filled both kitchen sinks.

The floor in one bedroom “could not be seen because of the aluminum cans, glass beer bottles, dirty clothes and trash,” deputies wrote. A gray trash bag was tied to the baby’s crib. Dirty clothes covered the bathroom floor, and toilets were covered in mold and mildew.

After a social services caseworker reported to the house, the children’s father, Christopher Beard, 22, arrived. Deputies explained the situation to him and instructed him to pick up the children’s mother, Rachael Allen, 23, who worked in Lake Wylie.

Warrants were issued for the parents’ arrest, while the children were placed with their grandmother.

Beard and Allen were both charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. On Friday, they were being held at the York County Detention Center on bonds of $10,000 each.

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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