Crime

January 13, 2014

Loris woman pleads guilty to cruelty to children after kids found with dead man, drugs

A Loris woman was given a jail sentence of 20 days and given credit for the time she previously served after she pleaded guilty in connection with her two children being found alone in a hotel room with a dead man and drugs, according to authorities.

Belonda Renee Davis, 31, of Loris pleaded guilty to cruelty to children and was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Steven John to 20 days in jail, according to the Horry County Public Index. Davis was given credit for the time she’s previously served and ordered to comply with all orders from the S.C. Department of Social Services and pay court costs.

Davis was taken into custody following her plea on Thursday and remains jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center, according to jail records.

In September, Davis was arrested on the cruelty charge and two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, which were dismissed following her plea, according to court records.

Horry County police and EMS responded at 7 a.m. Sept. 18 to the Carolina Inn Hotel at 312 N. U.S. 701, where they found 11- and 13-year-old girls in a room, police said.

Police said Paul Tebeau, 21, of Loris was found dead inside the room with the children.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said at the time of the incident that an autopsy was performed on Tebeau, but a cause of death was not determined pending the outcome of toxicology report. He estimated Tebeau died about an hour before his body was found.

Officers found marijuana, a crack pipe, what appeared to be Sudafed, and unidentified white pills in a cigarette pack on the table next to the man, according to the report. Davis told police that Tebeau had been smoking marijuana the night before, but she did not see him take any other drugs.

Officers found numerous prescription bottles with Davis’ name on them in the room, according to the report. A worker with the state Department of Social Services was contacted by police to take the children into emergency protective custody.

At the time of the incident, Davis was taken into custody for allowing the children to be around the drugs and in an unsafe environment, according to the report.

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