A York County man and woman are accused of forcing two children, ages 9 and 11, to walk a mile with bare feet after the children said they were frightened to ride in the car because of reckless driving.
The mother, Jessica Moss, 33, of York, and a man, Clarence Moore, 31, of Clover, are each charged with child neglect, according to a York County Sheriff’s report.
Moss and Moore forced the children out of the car at Pamela and Sutton Springs road near York Saturday when they complained they were scared of Moore’s driving, according to the report.
After walking a mile on a rocky dirt road, the children had blisters and cuts on their feet, the report says.
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Moore and Moss followed the children in the car for a mile over the road, the report says.
When deputies were called to the scene, they smelled alcohol on Moore, and the children reported he had been driving more than 80 mph and in the wrong lane, the report said.
During the investigation, the mother “appeared to have no care for her children, and didn’t understand why it was not acceptable for an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old to walk one mile on a dirt road in 89-degree heat simply because they were scared of how Clarence was driving,” the report said.
Moore told deputies he had the children in the car with him when they picked up the mother “who passed out in the car for a short time and headed home,” the report says.
Moss and Moore told deputies the children wanted to walk, so they let them out, the report said.
But the children told deputies Moore “stopped the car and he and Jessica made the kids get out and walk home,” the report says.
The driver of a car behind Moore and Moss noticed the children walking in front of the car and reported the incident to the sheriff’s office.
The children’s grandmother also reported the incident after her granddaughter called her and said she felt unsafe, the report says.
Deputies reported the girl had blisters on her feet, and the boy had cuts and scrapes.
Moore was arrested immediately because he was driving with a suspended license.
Moore and Moss were both charged with two counts of unlawful neglect of children.
Deputies reported the incident to S.C. Department of Social Services.