Crime & Courts

Sumter woman charged after toddlers found playing in ditch

A Sumter woman was arrested Sunday after officers said her children were found wandering down the road in their diapers.

Whittni Nicole Milhorn, 25, has been charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.

The two young children, a boy and a girl, were found in the 3800 block of McCrays Mill Road about 8:34 a.m. Sunday playing with a puppy in a roadside ditch and wearing nothing but their diapers, according to a report filed by the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Aged 2 and 3, the children were not able to tell deputies much about where they came from. The boy said they lived in "a blue house" and their mother drives a black car.

Deputies later located Milhorn, the children's mother, at the home on Island Drive, about 0.3 miles from where the children were found. Milhorn reportedly was unaware the children had left the house. She told police she put them to bed, then went into her room and shut the door.

The children were placed in the care of a friend of Milhorn's, and she was taken to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.