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HCPD: Child lived in filthy house with no working toilet

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Stacy Vereen (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Stacy Vereen (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A 10-year-old girl has been placed into protective custody after Horry County Police say her mother made her live in filth with no food or working toilets.

According to a police report, officers with the Horry County Police Department responded to a home along Pecan Lane in Conway in reference to the welfare of a child.

Upon arrival, officers met with the grandmother and uncle of the 10-year-old girl, who informed them the girl's mother, Stacy Vereen, 31, had called to say she missed the driveway with her vehicle and put the car in a ditch. She told her mother she needed to go to the hospital.

According to the report, Vereen's mother told officers she thought Vereen only wanted to go to the hospital to get more pain medication, and had had a pill problem for quite some time.

Vereen's brother told police Vereen had left her child home alone overnight and in very poor conditions. According to the brother, he had been trying to get the Department of Social Services involved for a while.

The little girl had been given a bath at her uncle's house Tuesday, and the bath water looked like mud by the time the bath was over, according to Vereen's brother.

When officers inspected the home, they found the home to be in very poor and very dirty conditions. According to the police report, "the smell of the house was unbearable without open doors and even then would make the average person vomit or gag."

In the kitchen, an officer discovered trash piled waist high and the refrigerator, which was not working, filled with bugs and contained no food. According to the officer, the cabinets were the cleanest part of the home and also contained no food at all. The officer went on to state no edible food could be found in the house at all.

When the officer checked the oven, they found what appeared to be a turkey or a chicken covered in bugs.

Upon further inspection, the officer found the only toilet in the home "filled to the brim with feces and a large quantity of bugs around and on the lid." The bathroom, according to the report, was filled with trash.

When the little girl arrived home from school, the officer asked her what she does whenever she has to go to the bathroom. The little girl replied she urinated in the bathtub and defecated in a bucket, which she then emptied into the toilet. She said because the toilet was too full, they put it in buckets outside.

Officers also observed trash and dirty clothes in both the master bedroom as well as the child's bedroom. According to the little girl, all their clean clothes had been dirtied but they were going to wash them soon.

When asked about sleeping with her mother, the child stated she slept in her mother's bed once in the winter because her mother had the only heater in the house.

At that time, her uncle informed officers she was still wearing the clothes they put on her after giving her a bath two days before.

Officers then placed the child into protective custody and called DSS. A case worker responded to the home, where they took pictures of the home and placed the child into the care of her uncle.

According to online booking records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Vereen was booked around 6 p.m. Thursday, charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person by legal custodian. She was released on a $5,000 bond Friday afternoon

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