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Girl charged after youngsters deserted throughout tenting journey

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ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WHNS/Gray News) — Authorities said a missing woman has been found and arrested after she allegedly abandoned three of her children after a camping trip in South Carolina.

WHNS reported that the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office was searching for Courtney Taylor and her boyfriend Eric Elrod, who were last seen Monday exiting Cemetery Island on Lake Hartwell, where their three children were abandoned.

MPs said around 3:45 p.m. three children, aged between 12 and 15, had been found stranded on the island by a passing boater.

The children told authorities they were camping with their mother and boyfriend when the two reportedly left the children on the island to fetch water but never returned.

Taylor was later located and charged with three counts of child neglect.

Elrod is wanted for distributing methamphetamine, MPs said. He still hasn’t been found.

The Sheriff’s Office reports that the child abandonment case remains under investigation and is encouraging anyone with additional information to call 864-260-4405 regarding case number 2022-08094.

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