Loris woman charged with neglect after police find three children home alone

troot@thesunnews.comApril 29, 2013 

— A Loris woman is charged with three counts of child neglect after Horry County police learned she left three boys home alone during the weekend because “it was her time off,” according to a police report.

Lisa Anne Malawey, 44, of Loris was charged with three counts of unlawful neglect of a child and was being held Monday at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $30,000 bond, according to jail records. Malawey was booked into the jail on Saturday.

Officers were called at 4 p.m. Saturday to a home along Secondary Highway 67 for three children alone, according to the report. The children were listed as being 13, 10 and 9.

The children told officers they had not seen Malawey since Friday and she often leaves them at home alone and tells them “it was her time off,” according to the report. Officers noted there was peanut butter, jelly and bread, but no substantial food in the home. They also noted the kitchen was unsanitary with overflowing dishes and roaches crawling throughout the home.

The 13-year-old called his 17-year-old brother, who returned to the home and told police he left for school Friday morning and stayed with a friend that night, according to the report. The teen was able to call Malawey, who returned to the house, and she told officers she had been shopping and stayed at a friend’s house.

Malawey told police that the 17-year-old should have been home with the children while she was gone, but officers told her it was not his responsibility to care for the children, according to the report. The children were placed in emergency protective custody by a state Department of Social Services official.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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