LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) – A Lexington County couple is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child after a driver found their three-year-old son wandering alone on Pond Branch Road, according to deputies.
Major George Brothers said deputies were called around 3:00pm Thursday, and found the child wearing only a diaper that was filled with feces.
Brothers said officers were able to find where the child lived, and found the house's side door open. Once they got inside, Brothers said they discovered that the boy's parents, 37-year-old Kelly Lynn Smith and 34-year-old Edward George Smith, were sleeping.
A two-year-old boy was also found in the home. Deputies said the two-year-old was found in crib with a mattress saturated in urine, and his diaper was also filled with feces.
Deputies said the home smelled of rotten food, and found moldy food, garbage and clothes strewn around the home. Deputies also reported that they found a chain link enclosure consistent with a dog kennel in the backyard with a locking device and children's toys inside.
When deputies asked Edward Smith about the enclosure, Brothers said he told them he and his wife would put the three-year-old there to play so that they wouldn't have to watch him.
"These types of cases are always difficult for everyone involved," said Sheriff James Metts. "Young children need and deserve to be nurtured and protected as they grow and learn. We hope for the best for these children as they recover from this situation."
The children have been placed in the custody of a relative, according to deputies.
Edward and Kelly Smith are charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. Edward is out on bond, while Kelly is still in the Lexington County Detention Center.