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Shoplifting report leads to Conway woman's arrest on child neglect charge

Angela Davis Martin (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Angela Davis Martin (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – A Conway woman remained incarcerated Friday following her arrest for unlawful neglect of a child that stemmed from her child allegedly trying to shoplift food because she was hungry.

According to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, Angela Davis Martin, 35, was booked Thursday and is being held under a $15,000 bond.

An incident report from the Conway Police Department stated police responded to the local Dollar General store on a shoplifting complaint involving two 13-year-old girls on June 27.

Officers reportedly found several small food items and two drinks in one of the teen’s backpack. One of the girls said she had taken the food because she was hungry and there was nothing to eat at home, the report stated.

A welfare check was performed at the teen’s home and the reporting officer alleged the girl had no food, no power, no running water and the home was infested with bugs, according to the report.

The officer also found an 8-year-old boy living at the home.

According to the incident report, both children were hungry and had bug bites all over their bodies. The suspect said she had no money to care for the children, as she had been out of work for four months.

The Department of Social Services took custody of the children. Police informed the Dollar General of the situation and managers declined to press charges against the teens, the report stated.

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