Children head to foster care unless family finds suitable housing

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - The St. George suspects arrested for living with children in filthy conditions at a home, have 14 days to find suitable housing or their children will be sent to foster homes.

The St. George home was condemned in less than five minutes after Dorchester County Code Enforcement evaluated it Monday morning.  St. George police and Department of Social Services workers visited the home on Saturday after they got anonymous tips about the filthy living conditions.

"It was insect-infested, rodent droppings everywhere, holes in the floor and ceiling. I was shocked that children were living there," said Lt. Eric Bonnette.

Bonnette and other officers arrested three of the four adults living in the home. Four children, ranging in ages from 2 to 7, were immediately taken into emergency protective custody. The children are now staying with a relative and are awaiting physical evaluations.

Kywonjola Williams, 19, is the mother of two of the children. Upon her arrest for unlawful neglect of children, officers say they also found drugs in her possession. Her mother, Edith Williams, was also arrested.

According to police, Williams' step-father William Britt Jr. tried to fight police officers when they arrested him. He was also charged with unlawful neglect and resisting arrest.

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