Rock Hill dad arrested after police find baby in street, house trashed

Police have arrested a father after his young son wandered away from a home later found to be full of trash.

Rock Hill officers were called to the 800 block of South Stonewall Avenue early Friday morning when a woman reported a “small infant” in the middle of the street, according to a police report made available Monday.

The woman told police she found the unknown young boy in the roadway around 8:30 a.m. Officers went door-to-door trying to locate the child’s parents.

One officer found a home with its door open behind an unsecured screen door. Inside officers found Derrick Crosby, later identified as the boy’s father, and what a police report describes as “dirty clothes and trash on the ground as if it were on the ground for several days,” the report states.

Police described the “odor” of something rotting in the house and wrote that the amount of refuse made it difficult to see the floor. The Department of Social Services was contacted and the child was placed in the care of his grandmother.

Crosby was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child and transported to the Rock Hill city jail.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome