North Augusta woman charged with abandoning daughter

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:41 PM
Last updated 11:29 PM
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Debra Lynn Harrell
Debra Lynn Harrell


A North Augusta woman has been accused of child neglect after police say she left her daughter alone at a park while she went to work.

Debra Lynn Harrell, 46, was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child for leaving her 9-year-old daughter unattended, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety incident report

Cynthia Ancrum, 44, said she met with a friend and noticed a young girl playing at Summerfield Park about 9:30 a.m. with no adult in sight, according to the report.

Ancrum left and later returned to the park to find the young girl still there. When she asked the girl where her parents were, the girl said her mother drops her off all the time to play at the park while she works.

When asked how she eats each day, the child said the “Feed a Child” people come or she walks to the McDonald’s inside the North Augusta Wal-Mart.

Officers took the child to the department’s headquarters and located her mother. The South Carolina Department of Social Services took custody of the child.

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myfather15
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myfather15 07/01/14 - 10:22 pm
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WOW!! Absolutely

WOW!! Absolutely astonishing!! I wouldn't leave my 9 year old alone ANYWHERE, for ANY length of time!!

iaaffg
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iaaffg 07/02/14 - 05:19 am
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another candidate for
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another candidate for sterilization.

AFjoe
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AFjoe 07/02/14 - 06:29 am
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Feed a child

Apparently the "feed a child" knew about her being there. Why no calls? Who is in charge of the feed a child program & is it government or private. Either way responsible adults were aware of the situation.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 07/02/14 - 07:59 am
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This is just sad. Must've

This is just sad. Must've been a "later in life" pregnancy. Still no excuse. Where does mom work?

eq2695
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eq2695 07/02/14 - 08:39 am
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Help

What the lady needs is help.More than likely she makes minimum wage.She is trying to work so she isnt lazy.Conservatives wanted snap cuts and cuts to social programs,wont raise minimum wage,whats a person to do?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 07/02/14 - 10:31 am
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eq

I was thinking along the same lines as I read the story; the woman is danged if she does and danged if she doesn't. In the context of stories like this I would not mind some supplemental daycare help, especially when school is out, for the working poor.

Wouldn't we much rather help them be productive than paying for them to sit on their butts at home?

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jimmymac 07/02/14 - 02:56 pm
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The way our society is today this child was lucky she didn't fall prey to some sick perverted molester. Doesn't some agency's offer help with child care for low income?

myfather15
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myfather15 07/02/14 - 09:04 pm
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Ok, while I see your sympathy for the working;

I just can't believe you're making excuses for leaving a 9 year old child ALONE, in a park!! I don't know this woman's situation, as far as family, friends or anyone to help; but leaving the child should NEVER have happened, in any situation. We (and She) is very lucky we aren't reading a story about a 9 year old be abducted!!

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Largebill 07/15/14 - 03:11 pm
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Kid on the loose

This is beyond stupid. I can't believe people are freaking out about a child being in a park. Were you folks all locked up for your entire childhood? My siblings and I were out and about all the time as kids and no my mommy wasn't hovering over us. We came home when hungry.

The broad who complained should be slapped and the idiot cop who responded and arrested the woman should be fired!

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