Charleston police have arrested four people in connection with heroin and cocaine found at a West Ashley house where a toddler was left for two months, surrounded by filth and drug use.
Narcotics investigators went to 337 Cross St. with a search warrant Thursday and discovered small amounts of heroin and cocaine scattered throughout the house, along with about a gram of marijuana, numerous hypodermic needles and a digital scale, according to a police report.
Charged with possession of cocaine and heroin are John Edward Tabor III, 32, of Cross Street; Fallon Danielle Stafford, 28, of Hobson Drive on Johns Island; Donald Nelson Kinne, 29, of Howle Avenue in Charleston; and Kirstyn Brook Johnson, 22, of Cross Street, police said.
Johnson and Tabor also face charges of ill treatment of a child, and Tabor has an additional marijuana possession charge, according to jail records.
The raid came one day after Charleston police were called to the Cross Street home to check out a complaint that a child was living in unsafe conditions.
A woman who lives there told officers that the toddler’s mother had dropped him off with her and her boyfriend about two months ago and never came back, according to a police incident report. The women know each other. The child is a 2-year-old boy, police said.
The woman at the house slept with the child on a mattress on the floor, with no blankets visible, surrounded by open beer bottles and cans on the floor. An uncovered hypodermic needle, a razor blade and small bindles were sitting on the kitchen counter. The items are normally used for narcotics, an officer noted.
Cat food was scattered on the kitchen floor, and the litter box was full of feces. A room past the kitchen was blocked off by a board, and the roof and the walls were separated.
Police called the Department of Social Services, who took the child into protective custody.
The child’s mother, Elizabeth Danielle Williams, 23, of Cruill Drive in West Ashley, was charged with child endangerment and booked into the Charleston County jail.
When police returned Thursday and confronted the people inside, Tabor and Johnson complained of having difficulty breathing, according to a police report. Paramedics were called in and Tabor was taken to Roper St. Francis Hospital to be checked out for chest pains before he was lodged at the jail, police said.
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