Officers find babies home alone after child heard crying

Robert Spiva (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Robert Spiva (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Trevissa Darlyn (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Trevissa Darlyn (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Horry County Police have charged two people with child neglect after officers say they located two small children home alone Monday night.

According to a police report obtained by WMBF News, officers responded to a home in the Myrtle Beach area after a complainant claimed he heard a child crying through an open window as he was walking his dog around 9 p.m.

Officers also heard the child crying on the second floor, but could not find anyone inside. According to the report, the home was not locked and they went inside, where they discovered a 1-year-old child in a playpen and a small baby in a car seat by the door.

The report further stated the 1-year-old was not wearing a shirt while the baby was only wearing a diaper, covered by a blanket. Both were said to have soiled diapers.

At that time, the Department of Social Services as well as EMS crews were called to the scene and both children were transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

While on scene, Robert Brandon Spiva, 22, arrived and told officers he paid another person to watch the children until 10 p.m. when he got off work. According to Spiva, he left work and took his fiancee, 18-year-old Trevissa Darlyn to work. When he got home, he said the babysitter was waiting on his front steps to watch the children.

Spiva further stated he then took the children inside and went back to work.

When officers spoke with the person who Spiva said he paid to baby sit, she claimed she was supposed to watch the children at her home, however, she never received a phone call from Spiva and he never brought the children to her home.

According to the report, Spiva said the babysitter was wearing a red shirt while she was on the steps of his house, and officers did observe the woman wearing a red shirt.

Both children were placed into emergency protective custody and transferred to a DSS worker.

Tuesday, officers took Spiva and Darlyn into custody and charged them with unlawful neglect of a child. Both remain incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at this time.

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