DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) – The special victim unit with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office arrested two parents on child neglect charges after a three-month investigation.
According to investigators, between April and July, James Hawkins, 41, of Darlington, hit a child with electrical cords and other objects, resulting in permanent disfigurement.
Hawkins was charged with five counts of unlawful neglect of a child and inflicting great bodily injury upon a child. Ida Gregg, 22, of Darlington, was also charged with five counts of unlawful neglect of a child, as well as allowing a person to inflict great bodily harm upon a child. The couple put several children in the home at an unreasonable risk, the release states.
Hawkins and Gregg are being held on $108,000 and $90,000 bonds, respectively.