Mother of four charged after two-year-old found on side of Columbia road

March 8, 2014 

— A 29-year-old mother of four young children (ages 6, 5,2, and 1) was charged after allegedly leaving the two-year-old home alone Friday morning, Columbia police said late Saturday.

Devin S. Timmons was arrested after a two-year-old girl was found wandering on the side of Atlas Road, Friday morning. The child was picked up and taken by a passing motorist to the nearby Bibleway Church on Atlas Road. A Richland County deputy canvassed the Congaree Point neighborhood for the child’s home and found the front door open at one home.

Someone at the church recognized and identified as Devin Timmons a woman in a photograph that the deputy removed from the house. Officers called her on the telephone and when she returned home, she was questioned and arrested, police said.

Timmons’ two older daughters were at school at the time of the incident. Timmons had taken the one-year-old with her when she left the house leaving the two-year-old asleep in bed, Columbia spokewoman Jennifer Timmons (no relation) said.

Timmons was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center Saturday night, charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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