A Sumter man has been charged with child neglect after reportedly locking his child out of the house.
Cornelius Deon Andrews, 42, of 40 Wagon Circle, was arrested Friday after a sheriff’s deputy reportedly found his 14-year-old son wandering the neighborhood in the 300 block of Pioneer Drive off U.S. 15 South.
On Sept. 19, deputies found the young man after reportedly being alerted to the situation by a school bus driver. The boy told the officer his parents had locked him out of the house as part of his punishment. According to a report for the sheriff’s office, the child was “very sweaty” and said he had not eaten since early that morning when he was locked out of the house before his parents went to work. He spoke to the deputy about 5 p.m.
The child said he walked around the neighborhood until someone came home to let him in. He was told that if he got too hot or it started to rain, he could go in a shed in his grandmother’s yard, and if he needed to use the bathroom, he could go in the bushes. The punishment had reportedly been ongoing for about three days.
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The Department of Social Services was notified of the situation, and the teen was placed into protective custody.