A Fort Mill couple face drugs and child abuse-related charges after neighbors found their child wandering the streets without a coat or shoes while the parents were under the influence of drugs, deputies say.
Ashley Higginbotham, 25, and Wesley Robinson Jr., 28 were charged with unlawful neglect of a child after their 7-year-old boy was found outside on a cold night this month barefoot and without a jacket, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.
While the child was alone outside, both Higginbotham and Robinson appeared to be under the influence of drugs, the report states. Higginbotham was unresponsive and apparently overdosed on heroin or various pills found throughout the residence.
Robinson told officers he couldn't hear and had been ill.
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A neighbor alerted law enforcement and EMS after finding the boy walking alone Dec. 2. When officers arrived at the Brookshire Drive residence, they found Robinson in a daze and Higginbotham with her eyes rolled back and convulsing, according to the report.
Both were taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, N.C., for treatment.
Deputies found various pills, residue and paraphernalia associated with heroin in the house, and the Department of Social Services was notified.
Warrants were obtained for Robinson and Higginbotham at the time of the incident, but neither was arrested until Tuesday.
In addition to unlawful neglect, Higginbotham faces two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Robinson was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Both remained at the Moss Justice Center in York on Wednesday, Higginbotham on $19,120 bond and Robinson on $18,120 bond.