A couple has been arrested and charged with neglecting their two 8-year-old children after deputies responded to their house in reference to a civil disturbance late Wednesday night.
According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to 503 Hitching Post Road at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night after receiving a call from Carolyn Marie Hawthorne, 46, saying that her husband, William Charles Hawthorne III, 46, was intoxicated and would not leave the residence.
According to the report, deputies saw Carolyn and William “hollering and cussing at each other.” The report states that both were drunk and that deputies saw “numerous” dogs both inside and outside. There were dog feces and trash all over the floor and roaches crawling everywhere, according to the report.
While talking to the Hawthornes, deputies learned that there were two 8-year-old children, one male and one female, sleeping inside, according to the report. Deputies saw the female child lying in the floor in her school clothes. The floor was “extremely dirty” and there was dog chewing on an empty Spam can next to the child, according to the report. Deputies saw that dog move and another crawl onto the child while eating a pack of crackers. Two other dogs then began fighting right next to the child, the report states.
The male child was in a bedroom sleeping. The report states that the bedroom was also dirty and cluttered with junk. As deputies began making arrangements with DSS to take the children, the Hawthornes began screaming, “(Expletive) the Greenwood police! They are trying to steal my children.” The report states that, while taking the children outside, William Hawthorne began telling the male child to run from the police.
The report states that, as one of the deputies was walking out of the house, Carolyn Hawthorne said, “Get the (expletive) out of my house,” and slammed the door on the deputy, knocking him down the steps. Carolyn Hawthorne was then placed under arrest for assault and battery and taken to the Greenwood County Detention Center.
Carolyn Hawthorne was also charged with two counts of unlawful neglect toward a child. Her bond has been set at $11,000 cash or surety. William Hawthorne was arrested on Thursday and charged with two counts of unlawful neglect toward a child. His bond has been set at $10,000 cash or surety. Both are currently being held at the Greenwood County Detention Center.