Police: Boy, 2, removed from Fort Mill home with drug paraphernalia

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 29, 2013 

— A 2-year-old boy was sent to live with family members after deputies and social services officials removed him from a Fort Mill home littered with drug paraphernalia on Sunday, according to police.

At about 10:30 a.m., deputies received a complaint from a man who found an unsupervised boy running down Dam Road without socks or shoes, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. The man picked up the child and drove him to a nearby church.

The child was shy, police say, and initially wouldn’t speak with deputies although he appeared to be in good health and didn’t suffer from any obvious injuries, the report states.

While canvassing the area, deputies encountered the boy’s father, 35, near the church, the report states. Police spoke with both the father and mother, also 35, who said they realized their son was missing about 5 minutes before police arrived, which was about 30 minutes after the stranger took the boy to the church.

Deputies searched the couple’s Dam Road home and found a piece of copper screening used to smoke drugs on a table, the report states. The father insisted that he hasn’t smoked crack in six months and hasn’t used marijuana in at least 25 days.

The parents admitted that they had drug paraphernalia in their bedroom, the report states. Deputies found an “exorbitant” amount of drug-making devices, including stripped copper wire, a glass cabinet door under a bed that had a child’s toy on it and a razor with powder residue, the report states.

An on-call York County Department of Social Services worker crafted a safety plan and placed the boy and his younger brother with their grandparents.

An arrest was not made, but police are still investigating.

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