Kids’ quest for McDonald’s lands woman in jail

AP file photo ¬ This April 20 photo shows a McDonald's restaurant in East Palo Alto, Calif.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A Spartanburg woman has been arrested after police say she allowed her 3-year-old son and 9-year-old nephew to walk, unsupervised, to a McDonald’s restaurant near her home.

Citing a Spartanburg Police Department arrest warrant, news outlets report that 24-year-old Tiesha Mesha Hillstock was arrested Sunday and charged with child neglect.

Police say the two children were spotted alone at the McDonald’s on Sunday evening. They then walked with the officer back to Hillstock’s home, less than a quarter-mile away.

Hillstock told the officer that she trusted the 9-year-old to take care of his cousin.

The officer says the boys had to cross a street and pass several businesses and homes to get to the eatery, putting their safety at risk.