The home of two Bluffton children was found uninhabitable Tuesday morning after deputies found areas of the home covered in feces, trash and bed bugs, according to a police report.
A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a residence on Pebble Beach Cove in The Reserve At Woodbridge Apartments on a report of child abuse and neglect, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
The deputy was met by a S.C. Department of Social Services agent, who said their department received a report from River Ridge Academy that the children inside the home were not being properly cared for and that they had missed school the day prior.
Inside the home, the deputy found a toilet covered in feces, along with a shower in the same condition.
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“I noted there were clothes, boxes and food items strewn all around the residence,” the deputy wrote. “There was hardly any room to walk inside the rooms, and the hallway to the children’s room was almost impassable.”
The deputy spoke to the children’s mother, who sat on a couch covered in trash bags. She told the deputy that the couch was infested with bedbugs, the report said.
The woman told the deputy that she had been living at the residence with her husband and children for a year, according to the police report. She said her husband, who was in the Navy, was “verbally abusive and controlling and would not let her go out.”
“(The mother) stated she understood the conditions were unacceptable, but she was afraid to leave her husband,” the report said.
The woman’s name and her husband’s name were redacted from the report.
“(The mother) advised she had been physically and sexually abused by (redacted) in the past in North Carolina and Japan,” the report said.
The woman said she does not have any family or friends nearby who could care for the children, but that she thought it would “be best for the children to be placed into someone else’s care for the time being,” according to the report.
The deputy noted in the report that the woman often changed the subject as they spoke and could not provide a logical reason for the mess.
A small dog in a cage was also inside the residence, according to the report.
Beaufort County Animal Control was called to evaluate the dog’s condition when the deputy saw destroyed toys and trash inside its cage, the report said.
A DSS agent at the scene recommended the children be placed in protective custody. The children were taken into DSS protective custody, according to Lt. Col. Bill Neill.
No charges were filed in this case, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
The neglect report came almost two weeks after three children were taken into protective custody on Hilton Head Island after a deputy found feces and mold throughout their Murray Avenue home.
DSS declined to report the status of the three children and where they are citing state statute.