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Mother arrested after 4-year-old son found alone on highway

Posted 7:21 a.m. Tuesday

— The mother of a 4-year-old boy found wandering alone on a highway in South Carolina has been arrested.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews tells local media 23-year-old Taquanna Thomas was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful neglect of a child.

Matthews says a driver saw the child about 11 p.m. Sunday walking alone on U.S. 1 in Elgin. The boy was later found by an off-duty officer.

Deputies found that Thomas was at a fire department trying to find her son. She says she was driving around trying to get her son to fall asleep, became sleepy herself, pulled off the road and fell asleep. She later woke up and found that her son was gone.

The boy is in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

It's unclear if Thomas has an attorney.


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  • Ken Ackerman Sep 24, 6:27 a.m.
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    It's pretty scary to think of a 4 year old walking "on a highway" in the dark.

    I'm always baffled at the crimes people are charged with, "unlawful neglect of a child." Is there a legal way to neglect a child?

  • Russell Iglehart Sep 20, 10:27 p.m.
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    Sounds like BS to me