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Mother charged following Darlington County missing child search

August 3, 2018

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- A Hartsville woman has been arrested and charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person after law enforcement spent part of Wednesday searching for her missing son.

Shermeka Monique Ross, 37, of Hartsville, as of Thursday afternoon is in the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing before a Darlington County magistrate, according to a Darlington County Sheriff’s Office release.

“She placed both of her children at unreasonable risk of harm so that the children’s lives and health were endangered by becoming so impaired that she was unable to protect her children,” according to the agency’s release.

Deputies responded at 9:33 a.m. to a Lakeview Boulevard residence in response to a missing person report and were unable to quickly locate the child.

“Additional resources were requested from the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, the Hartsville Police and Fire Departments, the Department of Natural Resources and SLED. The child was located safe at a residence on Woodmill Road in the Hartsville area around 1:30 p.m.,” according to the release.

“We were very ecstatic and happy that we were able to find this child safe,” said Darlington County Sheriff Tony Chavis. “I am thankful for the support we received from the other agencies and the community.”

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