MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach man and woman each face four charges of unlawful neglect of a child after four children were allegedly left unsupervised on Saturday, December 5, according to an Horry County Police report.
The report shows Jessica Joyce Jones, age 27, and Dwayne Allen Richardson, age 25, left four children alone at a residence while they went shopping.
When officers responded to the residence and knocked on the door, several children ranging in ages from eight to three opened the door, the report states. The children told the officers no adults were home and when asked, they said Jones went with her boyfriend (Richardson) to go to the store to buy hair extensions.
While officers were on scene, one of the children attempted to make contact multiple times with Jones along with a neighbor. After some time passed, a different neighbor told the officers they were on the phone with Jones and that she was on the way home. A total of 56 minutes passed from the time dispatch received the call and when she arrived home.
Jones said she went to the Rite Aid store to buy medicine for the one-year-old child when officers questioned her. She told police Richardson left her there and since the medicine was too expensive at the Rite Aid store she started walking to the Dollar General. She stated this was when she received the call saying the police were at the residence.
Jones admitted she looked at hair extensions while in the store and when one of the officers asked if they would see her in the medicine aisle if they watched the store's surveillance video, she responded they would if the store has cameras. Then, when one of the officers asked another officer to go to the Rite Aid to review the cameras, Jones said she had not gone to the Rite Aid but to a hair extension store.
Richardson arrived on scene a short time later, and said he left the residence with Jones knowing the children would be left unattended.
Richardson and Jones were placed under arrest and transported to the Surfside Beach Police Department.
As of Monday night, both remain incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.