Police: Rock Hill mom left children alone while she went out with friends

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 5, 2014 

Adrein Duncan

A Rock Hill mother who allegedly left her young children alone and asleep in their home while she went out with friends in Charlotte last weekend called the father of her children dozens of times, begging him not to call police before she returned home about an hour later, authorities said.

At about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, police were sent to a Frank Street home after a man, 25, reported that he went to check on his children, ages 6 and 7, and found them asleep and unattended, according to a Rock Hill Police report. Their mother, Adrein Duncan, 24, was not home and the children’s father did not know how long they had been alone.

While police were on scene, the father called Duncan, who said she was in Charlotte and on her way home, the report states. Police noted that Duncan seemed “evasive” and “agitated” when the father asked for her specific whereabouts.

Police waited for Duncan to return, while the father called the children’s grandfather, who took custody of them temporarily.

As police waited for Duncan to return, she called her children’s father several times, pleading with him to “not do her this way” and asking that he not contact authorities. She told him she was with friends and would be returning home right away, asking him not to turn her in, the report states.

Several phone calls later, she told the father to stay with the children, implying that he was to watch the kids while she was away, the report states. After another set of calls, police speculated that Duncan likely realized they were on scene and she was trying to blame the father for not being home. Police left the home, except one officer who parked a short distance away.

About 10 minutes later, Duncan arrived home with her friends and was arrested, charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.

She was released later Sunday on a $15,000 bond. The York County office of the Department of Social Services was notified to start an investigation.

Jonathan McFadden •  803-329-4082

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