Charleston woman arrested after leaving child in unsafe house, police say

Elizabeth Danielle Williams, 23, of Cruill Drive in Charleston is charged with child endangerment.

A Charleston woman was arrested Thursday after police said she left her child for two months in a house surrounded by filth and drug use.

Elizabeth Danielle Williams, 23, of Cruill Drive was charged with child endangerment and booked into the Charleston County jail.

Charleston police officers were called to a house on Cross Street Wednesday to check out a complaint that a child was living in unsafe conditions.

A woman who lives there told officers that Williams had dropped off her child with her and her boyfriend about two months ago and never came back, according to the police incident report. The report does not mention the child’s age, only that it’s a young boy. The boy is about 2 years old, police spokesman Charles Francis said.

Here’s what the place looked like, according to the report.

The woman 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. 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.

The officer called the Department of Social Services, who took the child into protective custody.

The owner of the house was advised of the situation.

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