Sheriff’s office investigating possible neglect case

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into a case of possible abuse or neglect of a 21-year-old Summerville woman.

The investigation stems from an incident that occurred at 8 a.m. Aug. 12 at a residence at 213 Hampton Drive in the Ashborough subdivision in Summerville.

According to a DCSO incident report, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Hampton Drive in reference to an unconscious and unresponsive female. EMS arrived on the scene first and began treating the victim, a 21-year-old female, for a full cardiac arrest. EMS transported that person to Summerville Medical Center, according to the report.

Meanwhile, more deputies had arrived on the scene and they made contact with an individual who had left the home but returned a short time later. That person told deputies she is a part-time caregiver through the Charleston County Board of Disabilities for the victim, who lives with a number of medical conditions and is totally dependent on outside care from others. She said she gave the victim her medications at 8 a.m. and returned to check on her at 11:30 a.m. She said that was when she found the victim with blood coming from her mouth and not breathing and she called 911.

As deputies asked her more questions, the woman became very angry, according to the report. Deputies asked where the victim was when the woman found her, and she told them in the house. They asked her to lead them to the place she found the victim; she led them to the garage. She further told deputies the victim sleeps on a air mattress in the garage in the corner under a small window air conditioner. The deputy noted that the garage was very hot and had both numerous insects and pets there, according to the report.

During this time deputies also saw a black male subject walking away from the back yard; they later located him, found he lived at the Hampton Drive residence, and arrested him on an outstanding warrant, according to the report.

The case is under investigation.

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