Crime & Public Safety

Beaufort woman charged with cruelty to children, animals

A Beaufort woman has been charged with cruelty to children and animals after her four children were found living with her in a minivan parked outside of their home without bathing or having clean clothes for several days, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Jennifer McManigle, 36, was arrested Monday and faces seven cruelty charges after Codes Enforcement called deputies to 10 Chesterfield Lake Drive for a health and welfare check.

Deputies found children ages 7, 9, 10 and 12 who appeared "filthy," had no access to running water and limited food, said spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh. The minivan McManigle said they had been living in for several days with a dog was full of trash, debris and discarded food, McIntosh said.

The backyard of the home was also piled up with trash. Animal Control found and confiscated four rabbits, more than 35 guinea pigs and two dogs that were also on the property, McIntosh said.

The four children have been taken into emergency protective custody by the Department of Social Services. McManigle has been released on her own recognizance, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center log.