Round O parents accused of mistreating infant arrested in Florida

Rebecca Schultz and Charles Garten

A couple accused of mistreating their 9-month-old have been picked up in Florida, deputies said Friday.

Charles Michael Garten Jr., 30, and Rebecca Joan Schultz, 21, are charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, according to Colleton County sheriff's investigators.

They were apprehended in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., the sheriff's office said. No further information on their arrest was released.

The charges stem from a S.C. Department of Social Services visit Monday morning at the couple's Round O home, according to authorities.

When DSS entered the home, Schultz was hiding in a bedroom closet, a report stated. A DSS order restricts her from contact with the infant.

"The house was in deplorable condition," infested with fleas and roaches, and the floors had dog feces on them, the report stated.

The infant did not have a crib and the bed in which the child slept with its parents had no sheets and was "covered in filth," the report stated.

Food for the child was not found in the home, according to the report.

Doctors who evaluated the child at Colleton County hospital determined the infant was about 11 pounds underweight, the report stated.

The infant was transported to Medical University hospital due to issues with the child's spine, according to officials. Preliminary exams indicated the injury is consistent with shaken baby syndrome, according to authorities.

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