WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The attorney for an 81-year-old woman says that he will be asking for a bond reduction for his client who is accused of leaving two children and a dog in a car for almost an hour.
Attorney Lionel Lofton says he will waive Geneva Johnson's preliminary hearing and ask for a reduction in Johnson's current bond of $50,000. Lofton says by waiving the hearing the solicitor's office will decide whether to take the case to trial.
Johnson was charged with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child and currently free on bond.
The Charleston Police Department responded to a West Ashley Walmart on July 13 regarding children in a locked car. Officers say they found an 8-year-old girl, 9-year-old boy and a dog locked in a car at the parking lot. Authorities say that the children's great grandmother was in the store shopping.
According to investigators, during the time the kids were in the car, there were excessive heat warnings and temperatures reaching more than 100 degrees. An affidavit states that an employee saw the girl inside the car shaking, wet and crying uncontrollably.
Johnson's attorney and friends say it was a case of a lapse in judgement and that the woman is not a criminal.