South Carolina

SC parents charged after hauling infant in trailer pulled by moped

A man and woman were arrested by Horry County police after a South Carolina Highway Patrol officer pulled them over and found they were pulling a 7-month-old baby in a trailer behind a moped on Sunday, according to a police report.

Mark Andrew Cherry, 21, and Bianca Rose Allen, 18, both of Myrtle Beach, were each charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person by legal custodian.

Cherry and Allen were each booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and released on a $5,000 bond.

The couple were pulled over by a trooper officer about 6 p.m. Sunday on the 6400 block of Dick Pond Road, police said.

Horry County police were contacted and arrived on the scene.

Police asked them where they were coming from, and they said Taco Bell and that they were “just going down the road,” according to the report.

Police asked Cherry why he was pulling his daughter in a bicycle trailer behind the moped, and he told the officer that he was told the trailer was also for a moped when he purchased it, authorities said.

The officer asked Allen why she was pulling her infant daughter in the trailer, and she said she wasn’t aware that they couldn’t transport the child in it and said the baby was “buckled up in it,” according to the report.

Police noted that while the baby was being transported, conditions were rainy and the area was under a weather advisory because of Tropical Storm Ana, authorities said.

The officer examined the condition of the strap attaching the trailer to the moped and found that it was torn three quarters of the way through.

The baby’s grandmother arrived on the scene and took the baby to her home where a Department of Social Services worker was waiting.

The DSS official found the grandmother’s home to be “extremely clean” and said she had plenty of food and diapers for the infant, according to the report.

The infant has been placed in emergency protective custody with her grandmother.