Crime & Courts

South Congaree woman facing child endangerment charges after exposing her two children to meth, other drugs

Gerald Lexington County Detention Center

A South Congaree woman is facing multiple charges including child endangerment after she allegedly exposed her two small children to methamphetamine and other drugs in their mobile home, according to an incident report filed with the South Congaree Police Department.

The report, filed on April 29, said 27-year-old Crystal Gerald was charged with drug equipment violations, disorderly conduct, public nuisance, two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child and two counts of exposing a child to methamphetamine after South Congaree officers responded to her home located in the 100 block of Genesis Circle in West Columbia.

When officers arrived, they located Gerald standing in the doorway of her mobile home without pants, shoes or socks on “screaming about something that we could not understand,” the report said. When officers approached Gerald, she said that her ex-boyfriend came to her home and trashed it.

Officers described Gerald as being “very hyperactive,” the report said. “Her pupils were dilated, her words were hard to understand, almost gibberish, she was jumping around, her jaw was going back and forth, left to right and she was grinding her teeth, all of which is indicative of someone tweaking off an upper such as crack cocaine or methamphetamine,” the report said.

Neighbors also told the officers that they observed Gerald running around the trailer park without her pants on 30 minutes before the officers arrived. Officers later located Gerald’s two children in her car, and they had “no pants or diapers on and almost no covering. The doors of the vehicle were wide open and the temperature outside was about 55 degrees,” the report said. The officers requested for Emergency Medical Services and the Department of Social Services to respond to the scene to secure the children.

When the officers investigated Gerald’s home they located needles, rolling papers, glass pipes and scales all commonly associated with crack cocaine and methamphetamine use that were within the childrens’ reach. The house was also in disarray with clothes and trash scattered about the floor and bottles that had mold in them, plus old food and other dirty dishes on the counters, the report said. Gerald was arrested, and the children were taken into DSS custody.

After a five panel drug test was conducted on the children, both came back positive for methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and other drugs.

As of Tuesday, Gerald was being held at the Lexington County Detention Center on bond totaling $30,997 for her various charges, according to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Maj. John Allard.

Reach Cahill at (803) 771-8305.