HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach couple was arrested for child neglect at the America's Best Value Inn in Myrtle Beach on Tuesday night after officers responded to the motel in reference to a drug complaint.
Alex Wayne Dove, age 28, and Bridget Leigh Frazier, age 27, are both charged with two charges of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person by legal custodian, according to the police report from the Horry County Police Department.
Both Dove and Frazier appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance when officers met them in their room by displaying glassy eyes and general lethargy; Frazier's pupils were dilated and her speech slurred, and Dove appeared nervous and uneasy in the officers' presence.
Through investigations, one of the officers discovered Dove was wanted for a probation violation by the South Carolina Probation and Parole. He was taken into custody for that warrant.
The police report states a baby crib was in the corner of the room and the room was in complete disarray with cigarette lighters, cigarette butts, clothing, empty food cans, plates with old, dried food on them and trash thrown all over the room on dirty floors.
A small, partly burned piece of a green leafy substance that seemed to be either marijuana or some sort of synthetic marijuana was found on a nightstand beside an open pocket knife within about 1.5 feet from one of the children.
Frazier gave one of the officers consent to check the nightstand drawers, where a Crown Royal liquor bag and a small wooden box holding multiple pipes and pieces of pipes typically used for smoking marijuana and other drugs were found, according to the police report. Dirty dishes were found in the sink and utensils, including more knives, were found on the counter with a wealth of medication and cosmetics not secured from the children's reach. Multiple cleaning supplies and a plastic baggie containing blue pills scored on one side as Tylenol PM were also found throughout the room.
After officers determined Dove and Frazier did not have charge or custody of two of the children and they were placing them at an unreasonable risk of harm, Frazier was taken into custody for child neglect.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Dove and Frazier remain incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.