A Greenwood woman is facing a charge of unlawful neglect of a child after she allegedly dropped off her 16-year-old daughter, who is supposed to stay in her custody, with another woman and said the daughter would be homeless if not allowed to stay at the other woman’s residence.
Grace Pope London, 46, was arrested Monday after meeting with officials from the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, S.C. Department of Social Services and Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to 634 Cobb Rd. on April 1 at about 4:20 p.m. in reference to a runaway. The complainant told deputies that London’s 16-year-old daughter had been living with her since Dc. 17, 2013 when London dropped the teenager off and said, “If you don’t take her she will be homeless.” The complainant, a 23-year-old woman, told deputies she left to go out of town and the teenager was gone when she came home. The complainant also told deputies that she has had to go out late at night several times to bring the teenager home. The complainant located the teenager at a residence on Hackett Street and told deputies something had to be done because the London did not want anything to do with teenager and the complainant could no longer handle her.
According to the report, deputies located the teenager on Hackett Street. The teenager told deputies that the complainant is not her guardian and she could not live with her mother because of issues with her step-father. Deputies took the teenager back to London’s house. London told deputies she is in constant contact with her daughter, but did not deny that the teenager did not live with her.
According to the report, deputies contacted the teenager’s probation officer at DJJ. The probation officer told deputies that London was notified when the teenager was placed on probation that her daughter must remain in her custody or she would face charges. Deputies called London and asked to speak her daughter. London immediately stated that her daughter was not there and was supposed to be staying at her sister’s apartment. The sister called deputies and said London had told her to call. The sister said the teenager had gone to the store about 45 minutes before she called deputies.
According to the report, deputies and officials with DJJ and DSS made arrangements for the teenager to be placed with Helping Hands in Aiken. The teenager had no other family who qualified to take her into emergency protective custody. London and her daughter met with her daughter’s probation officer on April 14, where London was arrested and her daughter transported to the facility in Aiken.