Woman passes out in sand, faces child neglect charges

Andrea Ponder Dodd (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Andrea Ponder Dodd (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) – Many families flocked to the beaches to celebrate the Labor Day weekend, but one woman ended her beach trip in a jail cell.

EMS units were called to the Anglers Beach Access in the Garden City area of Horry County around noon on Sunday where a 30-year-old Myrtle Beach woman was reportedly passed out in the sand.

When the EMTs tried to wake her up, she rolled over, vomited in the sand and was carried to an ambulance for transport to a local hospital.

According to the incident report, the Horry County Police officers that arrived on scene were told by bystanders that the woman brought two children with her to the beach, aged five and six.

Those kids told the officer that the suspect had been drinking all morning, having "at least four" beers.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect, 30-year-old Andrea Ponder Dodd, lost custody of the children in February due to her drinking, and officers called a family member in the Spartanburg area to look after the kids while Dodd was recovering in the hospital.

When officers responded to the hospital they discovered that Dodd had a blood alcohol content of 0.32 and tested positive for cocaine. When she was released from the hospital's care she was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center, charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child.

Dodd was released from custody on a $10,000 bond.

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