An Elgin mother and her boyfriend are in jail after her 22-month-old son escaped from their house Sunday for the second time in eight days.
Jacklyn Marie Jacobson, the 25-year-old mother, and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Jose Gloria, both of Ashley Creek Drive in Elgin are in the Kershaw County Detention Center on charges of unlawful neglect of a child, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. The boy and a 6-month-old baby, who also lived in the home, have been taken into protective custody by the S.C. Department of Social Services, he said.
The 22-month-old, Tyler Jacobson, was discovered about 11:20 a.m. by a neighbor, who lives about a third of a mile from the Jacobson house, Matthews said. The neighbor heard the child crying and went outside but didn't recognize him.
The sheriff's department was called to the scene, and deputies figured out that Jacobson was the same child who was reported missing April 1, Matthews said. Deputies called the S.C. Department of Social Services after finding the boy, he said. The boy was not injured.
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When Tyler went missing the first time, his mother told deputies that he disappeared after leaving a bedroom where the family was watching television to get some juice. The family called 911 for help around 8:45 p.m., and 25-person search party spent the night hunting for him. The search included bloodhounds and a helicopter with infrared equipment.
The next day, a man walking down the street told searchers that he heard a child crying in some woods. The boy was found about a quarter mile from his home with the family's mixed-Labrador dog. The boy was wearing a dirty diaper and a T-shirt. He was cold but otherwise unharmed, and the sheriff said the dog probably saved the boy's life by keeping him warm overnight.
On Sunday, Matthews said the family's home continued to be in "deplorable" conditions. The social services department had planned an inspection later this week but that has been canceled since the children have been removed from the home, he said. -- Noelle Phillips