Upstate women charged with neglect

October 30, 2012 

— Two Boiling Springs women were charged after deputies responded to a home earlier this month and found two naked children outside and a 29-year-old man with cerebral palsy living in unsanitary conditions.

Karen Lynne Scruggs, 49, and Kara J. Craddock, 47, both of 122 Rainbow Park Drive, have been charged by the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office with neglect of a vulnerable adult and two counts of neglect of a child/helpless person, according to arrest warrants.

Deputies responded to the home on Oct. 17, after receiving information that two small naked children were running around outside, an incident report states. When deputies arrived, no one was outside. Scruggs met the deputies at the door, and let the deputies in when they told her they had been called to check on the children, the report states.

When deputies entered the home, they noted the home smelled strongly of urine, and that there was human feces on the floor, according to the report. The floor was covered in dirt, trash, empty soda cans and dirty clothes. There was mold and spoiled food in the refrigerator, and weak spots in the floor throughout the house, the report states.

Deputies found Scruggs' 29-year-old son lying on the floor of a bedroom, and it appeared he had been placed on the floor among dirty clothes and trash and left there, the report states. His clothes were dirty and his hands were black with dirt, according to the report. It appeared that the man was unable to walk or take care of himself, the deputies noted.

Deputies placed the children and man into protective custody. The man was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, and the children, who are Scruggs' grandchildren, were taken to the Children Shelter of the Upstate, according to the report.

The women told deputies that they took in the children because they wanted to spend time with them. Scruggs told deputies that she thought she could handle the children, but "it was just too difficult," according to the report.

Scruggs was arrested Saturday and released from the Spartanburg County Detention Facility on a $10,000 bond.

Lt. Tony Ivey said deputies are still looking for Craddock. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC or www.sccrimestoppers.com

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