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Horry County woman charged with child neglect after children found in motel room with dead man, drugs

Horry County police arrested a 29-year-old Loris woman on neglect charges after two children were found alone in a hotel room with a dead man and numerous drugs, according to a police report.

Belonda Renee Davis is charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child after Horry County police and EMS responded at 7 a.m. Wednesday to the Carolina Inn Hotel at 312 N. U.S. 701, where they found 11- and 13-year-old girls in a room, police said.

Davis was being held Thursday at J. Reuben Long Detention Center pending.

Police said Paul Tebeau, 21, of Loris was found dead inside the room with the children.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said an autopsy was performed on Tebeau, but a cause of death was not determined pending the outcome of toxicology report. He estimated Tebeau died about an hour before his body was found.

Officers found marijuana, a crack pipe, what appeared to be Sudafed, and unidentified white pills in a cigarette pack on the table next to the man, according to the report. Davis told police that Tebeau had been smoking marijuana the night before, but she did not see him take any other drugs.

Officers found numerous prescription bottles with Davis’ name on them in the room, according to the report. A worker with the state Department of Social Services was contacted by police to take the children into emergency protective custody.

Davis was taken into custody for allowing the children to be around the drugs and in an unsafe environment, according to the report.

According to a State Law Enforcement Division records check, Tebeau had no prior criminal record. Records showed that Davis was arrested in June 2011 on third-degree assault and battery charge. She pleaded guilty to the charge in August 2011 and Magistrate Monte Lewis Harrelson ordered her to serve jail time and pay a fine. But the exact disposition was not listed in public records so it is not clear how much jail time or what fine Davis paid.

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