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DSS previously took other daughter away from Baby Grace's mother

Sarah Lane Toney. Source: HCPD Sarah Lane Toney. Source: HCPD

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Department of Social Services once took Sarah Toney's oldest daughter away from her, according to a lawyer's statement in an Horry County family court file.

Sarah Toney is the mother of Baby Grace, whose body was found in a creek Thursday afternoon.

The file was created in 2012 when Sarah Toney filed for joint custody with Patrick Olberg for their daughter, who is now nine years old. 

The file contains a statement from John Reuben Long, II, which describes some of the couple's history.

Their daughter was born in 2006. 

Toney and Olberg were in a relationship until 2010 when they separated and Toney assumed custody of her daughter. 

Toney had her until June 2011 when DSS took temporary custody of the girl.

The child remained in DSS custody until late November when Toney signed for Olberg to have legal and physical custody, so the daughter could come out of DSS care.

At that point, the couple got back together and Toney watched the daughter while Olberg went to work during the day.

In May 2012, they broke up again and Olberg started denying Toney visitation with the daughter.

Toney filed for joint custody in July 2012, but withdrew the complaint three months later.

Toney is being charged with unlawful conduct toward a child in the case of Baby Grace.

During her bond hearing for that charge Thursday, she said the nine-year-old daughter has been living with her recently.

"There are domestic orders in place that does not allow Miss Toney to have custody of that child," said Scott Hixson, a prosecutor with the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office. 

"But she lives with me," Toney responded. "She doesn't want to live with her dad."

The Department of Social Services will not release information about private cases.

However, DSS cannot investigate a newborn child based on the history of a parent. DSS needs a report of abuse or neglect to the specific child to get involved. 

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