Horry County police charge woman after two small children found home alone

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 22, 2013 

Deanna Lynn Hilburn

— A Galivants Ferry woman was arrested by Horry County police during the weekend after officers learned her two small children had been left home alone earlier this month, according to a police report.

Deanna Lynn Hilburn, 29, of Galivants Ferry was charged with unlawful neglect of a child and third-degree assault and battery and booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 4:20 p.m. Friday, according to jail records. Hilburn remains there on $1,000 bond on the assault charge and bond has not been set on the neglect charge.

Officers were called at 10:30 p.m. July 11 to Dog Bluff Road for a five-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy being home alone, according to the report. The children were unable to tell the officer how long they had been home alone and they had no way to contact anyone in case of an emergency.

The paternal grandmother of the children found them alone and called police.

The children were released into the custody of some relatives, who live in the area, according to the report. Officials with the state Department of Social Services also investigated the incident.

The officer wrote in the report that they were at the home for about an hour and 15 minutes and Hilburn did not return home, according to the report. No one knew how to get in touch with her either.

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