Father who left kids alone in truck for hours arrested on drug charges

Jason Ray Grant
Jason Ray Grant

The Rock Hill father who eluded prison time after leaving his four children alone with a gun for four hours while he was in a gas station restroom is back in jail.

State probation agents say Jason Ray Grant used drugs just weeks after he avoided 10 years in prison. That sentence is now back in play.

According to an arrest warrant issued Tuesday, Grant failed to report to his probation agent, failed to refrain from drug use, and failed to follow instructions. Agents also found drug paraphernalia during a home visit, said Pete O’Boyle, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.

Grant, 39, was sentenced to five years of probation in June after pleading guilty to four felony counts of child neglect. In November, he left his children – ages 5, 7, 11 and 13 – in a truck with a gun and ammunition while he stayed in a toilet stall at a QuikTrip store. Police found drugs in his possession, but the drug charges were dropped as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors called it “luck” the children were not harmed in November, and the judge who sentenced Grant said he couldn’t imagine a worse situation than leaving children alone for hours in a truck with a gun around strangers. Grant had no criminal record before the November incident, so he was granted probation.

Grant claimed to be free of drugs when pleading guilty, but he has been arrested twice in the weeks since on charges of drug use and other crimes. Grant was free on $80,000 bond when arrested Tuesday. His bond on the new charges is $50,000.

Grant went through drug treatment court for substance abuse in 2007, but when pleading guilty he said he had no drug problem and used no drugs other than prescribed medications.