Deputies: Georgetown Co. principal charged after children left in parked car

Deputies: Georgetown Co. principal charged after children left in parked car

GEORGETOWN COUTY, SC (WCSC) - A Georgetown County principal is facing charges after deputies say she left her children in a parked car at a grocery store.

Kimberly Lynn Means-Nesmith, 35, is charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person, according to Georgetown County Sheriff's spokesman Jason Lesley. A release from the sheriff's office states Means-Nesmith is a first-year principal at an elementary school in the county.

Means-Nesmith's daughters, ages 5 and 6, were found crying and banging on the windows of a 2016 Honda Pilot parked at Publix grocery in Pawleys Island Tuesday afternoon, Lesley said. Outdoor temperature at the time was measured at 85 degrees, he said.

Means-Nesmith told a deputy she was in the store a few minutes and left the children in the car because they were sleeping, Lesley said. Deputies say she told them her husband was on the way from Georgetown to pick them up and say she took her 2-year-old son into the store.

According to the sheriff's office, the woman entered the store at 5:46 p.m. A store employee said a customer brought her the car's license tag number to page the owner after other concerned customers had gathered around the locked car at 6:05 p.m. Means-Nesmith checked out with her purchases at 6:12 p.m., deputies say.

The children were examined by personnel with Georgetown County Emergency Medical Service and found to be unharmed and were allowed to go home with their father, Lesley said.

Means-Nesmith is expected to go before a magistrate at the Georgetown County Detention Center Wednesday for a hearing.

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