Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Georgia couple visiting Myrtle Beach were arrested early Tuesday morning after witnesses said they were drunk in a bar and letting their two young children play unattended in an alley, according to a police report.
Myrtle Beach Police officers were called to Duffy's Tavern at 112 Ninth Avenue North around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses said Henry Clay Duffey, 32, and Desiree Dawn Mangold, 36, both of Newman, GA, were intoxicated in the bar with their 2- and 6-year-old children. The witnesses told investigators that between 7:45 and after midnight, the children left the bar unattended and played in an alley nearby Ocean Boulevard. When one witness called police, he reported the suspects strapped the 2-year-old into his stroller.
When officers arrived, they found Duffey and Mangold drinking at the bar, while the two children were seated at a nearby table. According to the police report, both suspects appeared drunk and were slurring their speech and unsteady on their feet. Duffey and Mangold said they were planning to walk back to their hotel, which was about 28 blocks away.
According to investigators, Duffey became belligerent with officers and began cursing, which upset the children, when Mangold grabbed the older child and began reciting the Lord's Prayer.
Officers arrested Duffey at the scene. As officers were trying to arrest Mangold, she began yelling and screaming at officers and her children and was lunging for her children, who were also yelling and crying.
The Department of Social Services took emergency protective custody of the children at the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
According to the report, Duffey told the DSS agent he and Mangold had gone to the bar with the children to eat and that they had some drinks. Duffey admitted they were both drunk, but said they did not lose track of their children.
Mangold and Duffey were each charged with public intoxication and two counts of child neglect. Duffey was released from custody Wednesday on a $3,000 bond, while Mangold was released on a $1,500 bond.