Man charged with abandoning infant during traffic stop

Joel Marshall allegedly fled from a traffic stop, leaving an infant behind in the cold (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Joel Marshall allegedly fled from a traffic stop, leaving an infant behind in the cold (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A Conway man has turned himself in to Horry County Police after allegedly abandoning an infant in a vehicle during a traffic stop early Friday morning.

According to a police report, an officer was patrolling in the Long Avenue Extension area just after midnight when he observed a black Honda straddling the center line. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.

The driver, Joel Marshall, 25, drove a short distance and turned his flashers on as he looked for a place to pull over, according to the report.

When he pulled into a driveway, Marshall then allegedly jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The officer said he began chasing Marshall, but when he passed the vehicle, he saw an infant in a car seat in the front.

At that time, the officer said he stopped chasing Marshall and stayed with the child, who he placed in the back of his patrol car due to the temperature being in the 30s. He then was able to contact the child's mother to come pick the baby up.

Officers were unable to locate Marshall.

About three hours later, officers received a call that Marshall was back at his home and wanted to turn himself in. He told police "he got scared because of the blue lights and ran, but later saw that he made a very bad decision and wanted to turn himself in."

Marshall was arrested and charged with unlawful neglect of a child and driving on the wrong side of the road.

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