An Indian Trail woman was arrested after police in Horry County, S.C., said they were called to Garden City Beach on a report of a missing girl and found two children alone and their mother intoxicated.
Shannon Christine Watts, 36, was charged with unlawful neglect of a child and was released on $5,000 bail.
Police were called Saturday evening to investigate a report of a missing 5-year-old, Horry County police Lt. Raul Denis said. The girl’s siblings, ages 8 and 12, were alone and unsupervised when they called to report their sister missing near Garden City Beach pier, Denis said.
Denis said the children told police their mother “had a few drinks” before the mother and the girl were found at a beach access. The children were taken to their grandparents’ vacation home by police, and the S.C. Department of Social Services was notified of the incident, according to a police report.
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