Couple arrested after child found eating crayons, rubber bands

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Christopher Beard, 22, and Rachael Allen, 23, both of Clover

CLOVER, S.C. – A Charlotte-area couple has been arrested after authorities said two young children were left alone at their home in disgusting conditions.

The Lake Wylie Pilot reported that Christopher Beard, 22, and Rachael Allen, 23, both of Clover, were arrested and charged in the incident.

Officials said the couple was arrested after a neighbor reported Wednesday afternoon that two small children were left home alone in horrid conditions.

York County deputies told WSOC that a 9-month-old baby was found in the hallway with a full diaper eating crayons and rubber bands.

Authorities who searched the home said they found empty beer and wine bottles, engine fluid, cleaning bottles and liquor bottles all over the house.

The suspects were both charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. They were placed in the York County Detention Center Friday under bonds of $10,000 each.

The couple’s children have since been reportedly placed with their grandmother.

Read full story: The Lake Wylie Pilot


  • Suzi

    Yes! Let’s place the children with the same person that raised one of THESE two wonderful parents…
    I’m sure they will do a better job with THIS generation.

  • Christine Bancroft

    In the heat of a moment, a lot of exaggeration and misinformation gets disseminated. Let’s just wait and find out what the real truth is before we condemn the lives of two hard-working, struggling young people who made one major mistake. Your sarcasm is disgustingly hypocritical.

    • J

      Not sure how one could possibly misinterpret “eating rubber bands”.

      You also incorrectly used the word “hypocritical”. If Suzi’s comments were hypocritical, that means that Suzi also abandoned two small children, which I’m sure is not the case. You did properly identify her comments as sarcastic though. That was good.

  • ng

    Hard working? Exactly how is it that you know that is the first major mistake this glowing couple made?

  • Dunja

    Lol too funny with the ears…….these irresponsible “kids” should never reproduce. Too dumb and stupid to raise babies.

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