HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Newly-obtained police reports detail an Horry County child abuse case that left two young, malnourished children in the hospital, including 5-year-old boy who weighed just 19 pounds when he was found.
A woman was arrested nearly a month ago, but now she's out on bond, accused of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.
Horry County Police say a traffic stop with Danielle Naughgle last month led to a wellness check on her two children. Police reports show officers found two extremely emaciated children alone in her home, all by themselves.
Those reports state one child found by the officer was naked in a playpen, surrounded by dirty dishes and sharp objects.
The officer describes the child as severely malnourished and highly unresponsive. That 5-year old was later found to be a mere 19 pounds according to reports.
"It was just really sad," said Kimberly, Smith, the woman who housed Naughgle and her kids at the time. "He was always hungry and there was only so much I can do."
Smith says she offered Naughgle a place to stay when she fell on hard times.
Smith says the younger of the woman's two kids has cerebral palsy, and was never in great shape. She says she would feed the kids at times, but didn't want to get in the mother's way.
"I was just trying to help and it was mainly for those kids," Smith said. " I could not see them sleeping in their car."
Further investigation into Naughgle's past shows this isn't the first time officers responded because of her kids.
We found Horry County Police also performed welfare checks on the kids last September, and even just a month before Naughgle was arrested.
We tried reaching out to Naughgle several times, but could not get in touch with her