Police: Rock Hill father left children in car during job interview


A Rock Hill father was arrested after leaving his two children in a hot car while he went to a job interview Friday, according to Rock Hill Police.

Marcus D’Wayne Freeman, 33, was charged with cruelty to children and placed in the Rock Hill city jail. He was later released on a $470 bond.

Officers were called Friday to the 100 block of Caldwell Street after someone saw two children in a car unattended, according to a police report. The witness told officers the children had been in the car more than 30 minutes, and were “screaming and crying” when she found them.

Officers made several attempts to find a parent once the children were given water “and deemed safe,” police said. The children, ages 3 and 4, had been in the car more than an hour when Freeman, who is identified in the report as their father, approached the vehicle.

Freeman told officers he went into a business for a job interview “and it went longer than expected,” the report states. The children were released to their mother, and the incident was reported to the Department of Social Services.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala