MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach Police have charged two parents with unlawful conduct toward a child after their 2-month-old baby tested positive for cocaine and marijuana back in January.
According to an incident report with the Myrtle Beach Police Department, officers met with an official from the Department of Social Services on Jan. 13 for a child welfare case. The DSS worker told officers a case was generated back in December after the biological parents of a 2-month-old baby were accused of using drugs.
Both the parents and the child were given drug tests on Jan. 6, the report said. When the results came back, they reportedly indicated the baby had a presence of both cocaine and marijuana in its system. The parents only tested positive for marijuana and not cocaine, according to DSS.
At this time, officers are unsure how the baby ingested cocaine since the parents denied using or possessing cocaine in the presence of the baby. The father, 26-year-old Jonathon Hoard, allegedly told officers he had been arrested previously for cocaine possession in Horry County.
Online booking records with the J. Reuben Long Detention Center indicate Hoard was booked on Dec. 11 and released the next day on the drug charge.
The report further stated that on Jan. 13, DSS placed the baby in the care of another family member and the parents signed a safety plan agreement for the following terms:
- Parents can visit the baby
- They must stop using drugs
- Enroll in drug classes
- Complete further drug testing
- The child will remain with the family member as DSS investigates
Monday, officers arrested Hoard on a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child in connection to the investigation. He remains in the Myrtle Beach Jail at this time.
Tuesday morning, the mother, Marissa Ann Joseph, 22, turned herself into authorities at the Myrtle Beach Police Department, an arrest report said. She also faces a charge of unlawful conduct toward a child.