A 24-year-old Orangeburg father is facing one count of unlawful neglect of a child after his 2-year-old became trapped in a parked vehicle.
Bradley Wayne Boltin of Haddock Road appeared before Orangeburg County Magistrate Peggy Doremus on Friday morning.
She set his bond at $5,000 on his personal recognizance.
She stipulated that he must get the court’s permission to leave the state.
Boltin is accused of neglecting his 2-year-old son on May 8.
The warrant alleges that Boltin “unlawfully endangered the health of the victim by smoking cannabis and taking non-prescribed Xanax while being solely responsible for the welfare of his 2-year-old.”
It goes on to say, “This resulted in him falling asleep, allowing the unsupervised child victim to exit the house and become trapped in a parked car, behind the house, for this resulted in the child almost dying of heat exhaustion.”
According to a sheriff’s office incident report, the toddler’s mother called law enforcement at 3:58 p.m. to report that her son was missing.
She told deputies that he was at work when she received a call from Boltin, who told her that their son was missing.
Deputies searched the outside of the residence, including bushes, vehicles parked in the yard and a playground playset.
In the back yard, deputies saw a gray Chevrolet Malibu with all of the windows down.
A deputy noted that when he looked into the vehicle, he saw the toddler on the floorboard of the left rear passenger side.
At that point, the deputy immediately grabbed the toddler and removed him from the vehicle, the report states.
EMS and deputies rendered aid and a wrecker removed the vehicle from the scene, the report states.
A deputy also notified the S.C. Department of Social Services about the incident.
If found guilty of unlawful neglect of a child, Boltin faces up to 10 years in prison, a court-imposed fine or both.