Mother accused of leaving child alone at park while at work

Debra Lynn Harrell (Source: North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety)
Debra Lynn Harrell (Source: North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety)

NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - A North Augusta mother is behind bars after officers said she left her 9-year-old daughter alone at a park while she went to work.

Debra Lynn Harrell, 46, is charged with unlawful neglect toward a child, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.

Officers responded to a park on Old Edgefield Road around 2 p.m. Monday, according to an incident report. A woman told officers that a girl had been playing in the park since 9:30 a.m. with no adult supervision.

The woman told officers that she asked the girl where her mother was and she told her that her mother dropped her off before going to work, according to the report. She also told the woman that her mother drops her off at the park all the time so she can play while her mother is at work.

The girl also said that she sometimes walks over to the McDonald's inside Walmart to buy lunch, according to the report.

Officers took the girl to police headquarters and contacted her mother. Harrell confessed to officers that she left her daughter alone at the park. She was arrested and booked into jail.

The Department of Social Services took custody of the child.

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