SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A 51-year-old man has been arrested for unlawful neglect of a child after the Surfside Police Department says he smeared blood on his child's face in anger because he missed an online auction Sunday night.
According to a police report released by the Surfside Police Department, officers responded to a home along Hollywood Drive to a report of child abuse. Upon arriving at the residence, officers could hear a man yelling.
When officers entered the residence, they found Harry Stanley White III, of Surfside Beach, visibly angry and could smell an odor of alcohol around him.
According to White, he was angry because he fell asleep and missed an Ebay auction, and he blamed his family for not waking him.
Officers spoke with the victim away from White, and noted the child was visibly shaken and scared. The victim told police he was fixing a laptop when he realized the auction was about to end, and went to wake White. White then became angry because he missed the auction.
The victim said White later called him into his bedroom, and told the victim it was the his fault White did not win the auction. White then allegedly belittled the victim for a short period before telling the child to get out of his sight.
A short time later, the victim said he was called downstairs and was met by his father, who cursed at him and told him to fix a computer. The victim said as he went to fix the computer, White then threw the computer battery on the ground, telling the victim to repair it as well.
The victim told police White handed him a piece of battery that had apparently cut him, and then tried to wipe the blood from his hand onto the victim's face. The victim asked his father to stop, but was overpowered by White and the arrestee smeared the blood on his child's face.
When White realized his wife was calling police, he tried cleaning the blood from the victim.
Officers said White told them he did not hit the child, he was just upset over losing the auction and it was a misunderstanding.
Upon further investigation, officers found a drop of blood on the floor, but were unable to take pictures due to White's wife cleaning up the blood.
White was then arrested and charged with unlawful neglect of a child.
This is not the first time White has been charged with a crime against a minor. In 2008, White was arrested for unlawful conduct toward a child.