School board member charged with leaving great-grandkids in car gets $25k bond

Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 1:53 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2021 at 6:15 PM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A Dorchester District 2 school board member charged with leaving her two great-grandchildren in the car received a $25,000 PR bond on Friday after surrendering to deputies.

Barbara Crosby was charged with two counts of unlawful conduct to a child and one count of statutory misconduct in office. A judge set bond at $10,000 for the unlawful conduct to a child charge, and at $5,000 for the statutory misconduct in office charge.

“We are saddened by the unfortunate allegations of Barbara Crosby’s conduct,” read a statement by Dorchester School District Two. “We will cooperate fully with the investigation and will await the outcome of legal proceedings. The Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees and District staff will continue to work together in the best interest of staff and students during these trying times.”

Crosby surrendered to detectives just after 1 p.m. on Friday. She has a court date for Nov. 5 in St. George.

Arrest affidavits released on Friday afternoon state that Crosby left the children in a running car for an extended period of time, and that Crosby admitted to the incident. Those affidavits also state that she used her position to compel a DD2 employee to supervise the kids. According to authorities, Crosby was running late to a board meeting when she left the two children in the vehicle.

Initial investigation into charges

Crosby’s charges stem from an incident on Sept. 1 in the parking lot of the DD2 Adult Learning Center, in Summerville, during a Dorchester District 2 board meeting.

Deputies said their investigation started when a deputy at the district’s Adult Learning Center heard loud banging from the door, and when he opened the door, Crosby entered the building and said she was late. The sheriff’s office report states that Crosby told the deputy that she left her car in the parking lot with her 4-year-old and 9-year-old great-grandchildren inside the vehicle.

Deputies said that Crosby also informed a district security officer who then told Crosby she could not leave the children in the car. According to the report, Crosby proceeded past him and into the board room while directing the security officer “to go watch them.”

The security officer then told his supervisor and the Dorchester County deputy of the situation who both went out to the parking lot and saw the car which was running with all of the doors locked.

The supervisor and deputy saw the two children with the female child still strapped into the car seat. When the deputy told the security supervisor that it was a “major safety hazard” and that he would forcefully enter the vehicle in order to get the kids, the supervisor went into the building to get the vehicle keys from Crosby who was seated at the board meeting.

The report states Crosby told the supervisor that the keys were “still in the car somewhere.” The supervisor then returned to the car and convinced one of the children to unlock the door.

The supervisor then turned off the car and removed the children. He reported that when he offered to take the children to their great-grandmother, the older child said they could not enter the building because they had been exposed to COVID, and also said their mother was coming from West Ashley to get them.

According to the report, the supervisor then asked a security officer to watch them until their mother arrived twenty minutes later.

The sheriff’s office report states that due to the children’s mother being on their way to pick up the children, and security watching the children, it was determined that the children were not in danger and were not placed into protective custody.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story referred to the two children as Barbara Crosby’s grandchildren, based on police incident reports and arrest warrants which identified them as such. At her bond hearing, however, Crosby referred to the children as her great-grandchildren, according to Dorchester County Sheriff’s Lt. Rick Carson. We have adjusted the story to reflect Crosby’s own identification of them as her great-grandchildren.

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