A Beaufort police man accused of running into the woods with his son in 50-degree heat following an argument with his spouse faces a felony charge, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was charged with unlawfully abandoning a child or a helpless person and second-degree domestic violence on Saturday, prison records show.
Just after midnight Saturday, police were called to a Burton home after a man was reported to have escaped into the woods with a child, Major Angela Viens, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said.
The man and his wife had returned from Charleston that night and had argued. The man allegedly pushed his wife and carried the boy, who was wearing only a shirt and pants, into the woods, Viens said.
No injuries were reported in this incident and no further charges are expected as of Sunday, according to Viens.
Second degree domestic violence is a misdemeanor charge and unlawful neglect is a felony. The Island Packet and the Beaufort Gazette typically name those charged with felonies but not with misdemeanors. In this case, the newspapers chose not to name the man in the accident to protect the privacy of his spouse and child.
Information about an attorney for the man wasn’t immediately available.
He was released from the Beaufort County Detention Center on Saturday on bail. He was granted $5,000 bond on the negligence charge and $10,000 bond on the domestic violence charge.
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