Police and a Good Samaritan in Rock Hill helped three girls younger than age 10 who walked a mile without an adult to buy groceries Saturday but didn’t have enough money, police reports show.
Officers with the Rock Hill Police Department were called around 11:30 a.m Saturday by someone who saw the three girls, ages 5, 8 and 9, a report said.
The girls were walking alone along Ebinport Road, a report said. The caller told police the children said they were walking to Dollar General on Cherry Road, about a mile away.
Officers found the children at the store shopping without any adult supervision, the report states.
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The children told police their mother was at work, but that she sent them shopping, and that a grandmother was home, but is disabled, a report says.
The officers allowed the children to get in line for groceries, but the girls did not have enough money on their debit card, the report says.
A Good Samaritan in line at the store paid for the groceries, the report s ays.
Officers took the children home and called social services workers.
A state Department of Social Services worker told officers that social service agents would meet with the family to devise a safety plan for the children, the report states.