Crime & Courts

Rock Hill dad accused of child neglect found passed out

Staff reports

Hinson Rock Hill Police

A Rock Hill man was charged with child neglect after he allegedly passed out from cold medication, leaving his daughter unattended, according to police.

Darryl Ray Hinson Jr., 23, was charged with unlawful neglect of a child, according to jail records. He was placed in the Rock Hill city jail.

Hinson’s mother arrived at his Celanese Road apartment Wednesday afternoon to pick up his daughter but couldn’t get him to answer the door, according to a police report. She told officers she could hear the girl crying that she “could not get her daddy to wake up.”

An apartment manager unlocked the door, which was chained shut, police said. Hinson’s mother broke the door open and found him asleep on the couch. They were unable to wake him and called EMS.

After about 20 minutes, Hinson began to cough and wake up, police said. He fumbled several times with his hands while trying to find and light a cigarette.

Hinson was evasive and uncooperative in answering officers’ questions, police said. He admitted to taking cold medicine earlier in the morning but denied taking any illegal drugs.

Hinson directed officers to a lower drawer in his bedroom where he kept a bong – a device used to smoke marijuana – that he had not used in years, the report states. In the second drawer up from the bottom was a kitchen knife that was within easy reach of a child.

“Based on the fact that Hinson was the only adult with care and custody of his daughter and was unresponsive when his family attempted to get him to the door, and that several objects that are harmful to small children were observed in each reach, Hinson was arrested for unlawful neglect of a child and transported to jail,” the report states.