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Orangeburg County

Sheriff’s Office

A drug investigation led to four children being placed into state custody on Wednesday afternoon, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

A Department of Social Services worker went to an Orangeburg home to investigate allegations that some of the occupants were making or selling methamphetamine. A deputy also responded.

The children’s mother let authorities look inside the home.

A deputy reported seeing clothes throughout the house “from floor to ceiling, different items along with clothes stacked in the kitchen, giving minimum walking space and dirty dishes stacked in the sink with the trashcan nearly overflowing with raw garbage.”

The deputy said there was not adequate food for four children in the refrigerator or freezer.

When the deputy opened the door to the pantry, he noticed “roaches crawling over the door and shelves with the bare minimum of canned food,” the report states.

The mother stated that her food stamp card expired and she’d not reapplied to receive the services, the report states. She also stated that she no longer receives WIC benefits for her youngest child.

A deputy also noted that there was a bed, “made out of a pile of clothes and bathroom that the offender stated ‘everyone used.’”

The deputy went on to write, “Beds were not cleared to sleep on and a half bathroom with only a working toilet.”

The mother stated that she, her brother, a friend and her four children live there.

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The DSS worker told the mother that if she could get the residence clean and also pass a drug test the next day, she would be able to keep her children at the residence, the report said.

The mother said the children’s father could come take care of the children while she cleaned the house.

The DSS worker determined the father could not take custody of the children because of his criminal history, the report said.

The parents couldn’t come up with the name of relative to take the children who could pass a background check, the report said.

The deputy put the four children in to emergency protective custody.

DSS is handling the case.

In other reports:

• A Lin Drive resident called deputies to their home at 8:01 p.m. Wednesday after allegedly hearing a sound like a gunshot coming from a neighbor’s home.

Deputies conducted a property check of the residence and requested a direct patrol of the area for the next few weeks.

• The owner of a 2007 white Cadillac Escalade reported Wednesday that it was missing from the backyard of a Cocoa Circle residence in Holly Hill. The vehicle is valued at $10,000.

• A 2005 grey Chrysler Pacifica was stolen from a Kennerly Road driveway Wednesday. The vehicle is valued at $3,000.

• A Grasshopper Court woman reported Wednesday afternoon that she believes someone took $3,719 from her bank envelope the day before. She kept it in her purse.

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