CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) – The mother of a 5-year-old child who was left with a landscaper Thursday night in Conway is in police custody, according to authorities.
Samantha Shaver, 28, is charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person by legal custodian. She is scheduled to have a bond hearing on Saturday morning.
According to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, a second charge of possession, conceal, sell or dispose of a stolen vehicle was added against her. WMBF News has reached out to Conway police to find out more about this charge, but haven’t heard back.
According to a Conway Police Department report, a city officer went to a home in the 1900 block of Kenneth Street Thursday evening. The officer spoke with someone who was hired to do landscaping on the property. That person said a man and a woman came to the home with the small boy.
The landscaper told police the couple said they were “going somewhere where he (child) could not come with them,” the report stated.
According to the landscaper, the couple left the child and then walked away. He added that the man and the woman appeared to be homeless, according to the police report.
On Friday morning, Conway officials announced the boy’s mother had been found and the investigation was continuing.
Conway Police Chief Dale Long said police don’t think the man is the boy’s father but added he is in custody on unrelated charges.
According to Long, police received leads on the case from Ohio and West Virginia. Arrest warrants show that Shaver has an address out of Cadiz, Ohio.
Authorities do not know how long Shaver has been in the area, Long said.
Agents with the Department of Social Services identified family from out of state and are trying to get those relatives to come and pick the boy up, according to the chief.
Long said the boy was a very friendly and happy child when talking with police, noting the boy was in a very good mood. He described him as a “hoot.”