Mother charged after children found alone at James Island home

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department has arrested a 33-year-old woman accused of leaving her children unattended at a James Island home.

Authorities charged Todra Royal with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child. On Sunday afternoon, a police officer was flagged down on Fleming Road by a woman in reference to child neglect.

The witness said she saw Royal leave her home in a car with a man and was concerned because Royal has two children, ages 3 and 4, which she left at home unattended.

Police say based on the witness' account, the children had been left at the home for 15 minutes.

Five minutes later, after officers attempted to make contact with the children, officers spotted a vehicle, which matched the description of the car Royal left in, drive by the house.

Officers then conducted a traffic stop and found the driver and Royal inside.

Royal said she left her children unattended in order to go to a friend's home. According to Royal, she was then going to a gas station to purchase some items and then return home.

Investigators say they arrested Royal since she had abandoned her children for 20 minutes before police could intervene and also due to previous similar incidents in which DSS was involved.

The children were transported to a North Charleston DSS facility.

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