Police seek second suspect related to gun, drug charges after 3 children call 911

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A woman was arrested Tuesday night after a pair of 911 calls led to police to a Poplar Street home where officers found three small children alone.

When police arrived at the Poplar Street apartment, they knocked several times before finding the door unlocked and walking into the home. Upon entering, officers saw an electronic scale, a white powdery substance and a green leafy substance sitting on the coffee table, a police report stated.

According to the report, the officers announced their presence a second time before three children -- ages four, six and seven -- appeared from a back bedroom.

The eldest child told the officers to leave, saying she was watching her sisters while their mother and step-father were out of the house. The officers conducted a safety sweep of the house and found a black handgun and two plastic bags containing a white rock-like substance.

The seven-year-old girls told the officers they had dialed 911 by accident, the report stated.

Officers contacted the mother of the children. When she arrived at the apartment, she was arrested on three charges of cruelty to children. The three children were turned over to the woman's sister.

Arrest warrants were issued for Bryant Isaac Costen, 26, of 75 Poplar Street, for the drugs and gun found inside the home. The warrants are for possession of a stolen firearm, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

Anyone with information about Costen should contact Charleston Police at 577-7434 or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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