Cops: Mother arrested after abandoning child at hazardous home

Published: May. 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM EDT|Updated: May. 9, 2013 at 9:26 PM EDT
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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston Police Department say they have arrested a 23-year-old mother who left her child at a West Ashley home where officers found living and dead insects throughout the house, a litter box on the floor filled with feces and a collapsed room.

Investigators charged Elizabeth Danielle Williams with unlawful conduct towards a child.

On Wednesday, officers responded to a home on Cross Street in reference to a complaint regarding the safety of a child living at the house. Authorities met with a 22-year-old woman who lived at the home and told police she has been taking care of Williams' child.

The woman said Williams left the child with her and her boyfriend two months ago and has not returned since that time. A police report states when an officer saw a mattress on the living room floor without any covers or blankets, the woman explained that was where she slept with the child.

According to investigators, the officer went into the kitchen and saw open beer bottles and cans on the floor, a hypodermic needle without a cover, a razor blade and small bags, which police say are often associated with drugs.

The officer also reported cat food and a litter box filled with feces on the floor. Police say living and dead insects were seen throughout the house.

Investigators say past the kitchen was another room which could not be entered because it was collapsing. The responding officer reported that a board was blocking the entry to the room.

A police report states that the roof of the room was separated from the walls exposing the room to the outside. Social Services was called and the child was placed in emergency protective custody.

Authorities say Williams later arrived at the home with the child's grandparents. Investigators then charged Williams with unlawful conduct towards a child.

Police are continuing the investigation.

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