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What law is Horry SC principal accused of breaking? Reporting child abuse is mandatory

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Special needs Children were hit multiple times.

Unlawful neglect of a child is a felony charge in South Carolina. It can be punished by up to 10 years in prison.

Updated November 06, 2022

An Horry County elementary school principal was arrested this week after police determined she failed to properly report suspected child abuse as part of a law designed to catch potential abuses as early as possible.

Rebecca Schroyer, principal of Ocean Bay Elementary, is facing two counts of failing to report child abuse of neglect, as defined by South Carolina’s mandated reporter law.  The misdemeanor charges each carry a penalty of up to six months in prison and/or a $500 fine.  She was placed on administrative leave Tuesday.

Schroyer’s arrest came in conjunction with charges against special education teacher Grace McColgan, who was accused of unlawful conduct toward children related to multiple occasions during the current and past school year.

Attorney Morgan Martin, who is representing Schroyer, described the charges against his client as an “overreach” by law enforcement because he believes the principal was “vigilant” in her actions, and didn’t violate the law.  He didn’t say what actions Schroyer took, and the warrants for her arrest don’t offer many details either.

Each failure to report charge stems from alleged incidents of abuse in February, when McColgan placed hand sanitizer in a child’s open wound and hit a child back after the child hit her, the warrants state.  The reports do not detail how police determined Schroyer knew about these abuses or whether she did anything with that information.

Hand sanitizer used on a wound and hitting students

.jpg photo of child abuse and neglect graphicA SC teacher and principal in question.

November 03, 2022

The Horry County Police Department arrested an elementary school teacher and a principal Wednesday morning.

Rebecca Schroyer, 47, who is the principal at Ocean Bay Elementary School, is accused of two counts of failing to report a child neglect allegation for an incident that happened during the 2021-22 school year.

The alleged incident, which happened in February, involved a teacher “putting hand sanitizer in a child’s open wound,” an arrest warrant states.

Schroyer, employed with the district since 2001, was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday pending the investigation.  At the Wednesday bond hearing, Schroyer was given a  $10,000 bond and released.

Grace McColgan, 60, a special education teacher at Ocean Bay Elementary, was charged with six counts of unlawful conduct towards a child, stemming from the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, according to an arrest warrant.

According to a redacted witness statement, McColgan smacked three male students with an open hand on two separate occasions after the students would not get their heads off the table.  These incidents happened in late September.

There were always three adults in the room with McColgan, according to the incident reports.  She was placed on administrative leave October 11.

McColgan was given a $60,000 bond on Wednesday.

Mark Porter, executive director for elementary schools, will oversee Ocean Bay elementary school for the time being, according to Lisa Bourcier, the Horry County schools spokesperson.

A bond hearing for both McColgan and Schroyer is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday.  No bail has been set.

BOY FOUND DEAD IN SUITCASE IN INDIANA IDED; MOM AND ANOTHER WOMAN CHARGED

.jpg photo of Child found stuffed in a suitcase.Mom Wanted In Death Of 5 Yr Old Boy Found Dead In Suitcase

CHICAGO, IL  –  A boy found dead inside a suitcase in southern Indiana six months ago has been identified as a 5-year-old from Atlanta, and his mother and another woman are facing charges in his death.

.jpg photo of Child found stuffed in a suitcase.Cairo Ammar Jordan’s body was found on April 16 in Washington County, Indiana, near Louisville.

Indiana State Police said the boy had never been reported missing, slowing the investigation of the case.

His mother, 37-year-old Dejaune Ludie Anderson, of Atlanta, is wanted on an arrest warrant on a murder charge.  She also is charged with neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice.

An autopsy found that the boy died from an electrolyte imbalance most likely due to gastroenteritis, or vomiting and diarrhea that led to dehydration, state police said in May. Investigators said the boy had died within a week prior to his body’s discovery.

Document taken from Facebook by the Child's father
Cairo Jordan did have a Good, Loving Father who Loved him very much!

“No matter what progress is made, what happens in the case, we’re still dealing with the tragic death of a precious young child,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said.

Huls said Anderson remains at large, and police are seeking the public’s help in finding her.  He said Anderson has traveled to numerous locations, including Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco since police began their investigation last spring after her son’s body was found.

Huls said “the physical evidence led to the suspects” in Jordan’s death.

Another woman, 40-year-old Dawn Elaine Coleman, of Shreveport, Louisiana, also is facing neglect and obstruction charges.  She was arrested on Oct. 19 in San Francisco.

Cairo was buried in June at a Salem, Indiana, cemetery about 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, after a memorial service where a police chaplain called the then-unidentified child an “unknown angel.”

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Cairo Jordan had a very Good Father who Loved and cared for him very much!

Huls said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted Indiana authorities in contacting Jordan’s father after investigators confirmed the boy’s identity.

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Every Child deserves to have a Loving Father who truly cares for them.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed Oct. 14 seeking the arrest warrant against Coleman, investigators found both Coleman’s and Anderson’s fingerprints on black plastic bags the boy’s body had been placed inside within the suitcase .

The affidavit contains posts that Anderson allegedly made on her Facebook account, including posts on April 11 after she was released from jail in Louisville, Kentucky, on a shoplifting charge.  In those posts, made using a vanity name, Anderson wrote: “Just got out of a jail mission” and “Yes had to do some healing and killing,” the affidavit states.

A series of earlier Facebook posts Anderson allegedly made discuss exorcism, spells and other supernatural topics, with one posted on Feb. 19 mentioning “a very powerful demonic force from within my son,” according to the affidavit.

Online court documents do not list an attorney who could speak on behalf of Coleman, who is expected to be transported to Indiana within about a month, Huls said.

Indiana’s online court records do not reflect a murder charge against Anderson, and it is unclear if she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.

The Washington County Prosecutor’s office declined Wednesday to discuss the status of the murder charge against Anderson.

Huls said the prosecutor’s office obtained an arrest warrant on a murder charge for Anderson from a judge Tuesday based on an affidavit that would be released once Anderson is in custody.

Texas Attorney General’s Units Busy Keeping Texas Safe – Part 2

 

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAttor­ney Gen­er­al Paxton’s Law Enforce­ment Round Up

FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT Continued

In Ellis County, Damian Cloud Corbin was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for injury to a child/elderly/disabled with intent to cause bodily injury.  Ellis County Sheriff’s Office assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Donovan Pollard was arrested on September 6 on outstanding warrants for three counts of possession of child pornography.  Pollard also had an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance.

In Galveston County, Matthew Yargee was arrested on August 31 on an outstanding warrant for assault causing bodily injury and family violence.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Bryce Hynson, a confirmed Westside Bloods gang member, was arrested on August 31 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring new charges. Hynson also had outstanding warrants for prohibited substances and items in a correctional or civil commitment facility.  Hynson was previously convicted for possession of a controlled substance and sentenced to 4 years in prison.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, James Robert Kelly was arrested on August 31 for an outstanding warrant for trademark counterfeiting >=$30,000<$150,000.  The United States Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Galveston County, Deion Richardson was arrested on August 29 on an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Harris County, Landon Lee Park was arrested on September 7 on outstanding warrants for false statements during purchase of firearms and aiding and abetting false statements during the purchase of firearms.  This arrest was made with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), United States Marshals Service in Houston and Galveston, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force.

In Harris County, Robert Edward Martin was arrested on September 2 for failure to maintain sex offender registration requirements and a corresponding warrant for failure to comply as a sex offender.  Martin had previously been convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 9 years in prison.

In Harris County, Eric Wayne Votaw was arrested on September 1 for violating the terms of his parole.  Votaw was previously convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In Harris County, Gerald Brooks was arrested on August 30 for failing to comply with mandated sex offender registration requirements.  Brooks was previously convicted of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 10 years of probation as well as indecency with a child by contact, and he was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

In Harris County, Darrell Wayne Broussard Jr., a confirmed 44 Acres Homes gang member, was arrested on August 29 on outstanding warrants for unlawful carrying of a weapon with felony conviction and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.  Broussard also had warrants for two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, fraudulent use of identifying information, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Kerr County, May Vang was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of her parole by failing to self-surrender.  Vang was previously convicted of dangerous drugs and sentenced to an undetermined number of years in prison.

In Llano County, Reyes Garcia, Jr. was arrested on August 24 after violating the terms of his parole by incurring monitor violations.  Garcia was previously convicted for assault of a public servant and sentenced to 5 years of probation.  After his probation was revoked, Garcia was sentenced to 3 years in prison.

In Smith County, Byron Demon Tilley was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for possession of 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, Douglas Lashun Pryor was arrested on September 2 on an outstanding warrant for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, David Lloyd Stanley was arrested on August 30 on an outstanding warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force assisted with the arrest.

In Smith County, Jesus Flores, Jr., a confirmed Texas Syndicate gang member, was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring new charges and failing a urinalysis.  Flores also had outstanding warrants for escaping while arrested or confined.  Flores was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  The arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety and with the aid of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

In Smith County, Molly Leanne Cole was arrested on August 24 on an outstanding warrant for manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance.  The arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Tyler Police Department and with the help of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

In Tarrant County, David Grant Krug was arrested on September 6 on an outstanding warrant for online solicitation of a minor.

In Wood County, Victor Enrique Garza was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of his parole by failing a urinalysis.  Garza also had an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance and burglary of a habitation.  Garza was previously convicted of burglary of a habitation and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  This arrest was made after a request for assistance from the Smith County Sherriff’s Office and with the aid of the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.

Texas Attorney General’s Units Busy Keeping Texas Safe – Part 1

.jpg photo of Texas Attorney General LogoAttor­ney Gen­er­al Paxton’s Law Enforce­ment Round Up

CHILD EXPLOITATION UNIT

In Bastrop County, David Michael Vocal was arrested on August 24 for one count of possession of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Vocal’s residence, where he was located and arrested. Investigators seized multiple digital media devices to be examined by the Digital Forensics Unit.  Vocal admitted ownership of the accounts and the existence of contraband material on his tablet and cell phone when being interviewed by investigators.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of child pornography to a DropBox account.

In Bexar County, Dost Mohammed Mohammed Omar was arrested on September 1 for one count of promotion of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators also executed a search warrant at Omar’s residence where numerous electronic devices were seized and will be examined.  The case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report.

In Bexar County, Mark Daniel Malow, was arrested on August 31 on one count of possession of child pornography.  Child Exploitation Unit investigators executed a search warrant at Mallow’s residence, where Mallow was located and arrested.  Mallow was interviewed and admitted to sending/receiving images of child pornography using his Snapchat account and also admitted to collecting child pornography for the past three years.  This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report.

In Coryell County, Christopher Mastin was sentenced on September 7 after entering a plea of guilty to ten counts of possession with the intent to promote child pornography. Mastin was sentenced to 20 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on count 1, and 10 years confinement in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on counts 2 through 10. Count 1 and counts 2 through 10 are to run consecutively.  This investigation resulted from a NCEMC CyberTipline referral.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNIT

In Bexar County, Lavonte Oneal Parker was served an arrest warrant on one count of human trafficking on September 2, after the case was referred from the Dallas Police Department.  The case involved a minor female who had been trafficked by three different individuals over a 30-day period.  OAG Human Trafficking investigators served the arrest warrant at the Bexar County Jail, where Parker is currently incarcerated on unrelated felony charges.

In Bexar County, Shiron Walter Hughes was arrested on one count of human trafficking on September 1, after the case was referred from the Dallas Police Department.  The case involved a minor female who was transported from San Antonio to Dallas by traffickers. The OAG Fugitive Apprehension Unit executed the arrest.  Bond is currently set for $200,000.

MEDICAID FRAUD CONTROL UNIT

In Dallas County, Slade Christopher Brown was sentenced on August 25 for conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Brown was sentenced to 48 months incarceration, to be followed by three years’ supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $703,942 to Medicaid and $11,170,891 to Medicare.  In November 2018, Brown pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  This was a joint strike force case to include both the FBI and HHS-OIG and was prosecuted by AUSA Donna Max of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas.

FUGITIVE APPREHENSION UNIT

In Bexar County, John Gamez, a confirmed Mexican Mafia gang member, was arrested on September 7 for a supervised release violation related to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio assisted with the arrest.

In Bexar County, Jacob Carrizales was arrested on September 6 on an outstanding warrant for violating the terms of his parole.  Carrizales was previously convicted of sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 5 years of probation in 2022.

In Bexar County, Sergio Garcia, a confirmed Oak Cliff Town gang member, was arrested on August 31 for violating the terms of his parole by incurring a misdemeanor assault charge.  Garcia was previously convicted of aggravated robbery, burglary of a habitation, and manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

In Bexar County, Justin Sayers was arrested on August 31 for an outstanding warrant for a supervised release violation.  Sayers was previously convicted for possession of child pornography and sentenced to 70 months in federal prison and 240 months of supervised release.  The United States Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force out of San Antonio assisted with this arrest.

In Bexar County, Jaclyne Santibanez was arrested on August 25 for violating the terms of her parole by using narcotics and not abiding by residency restrictions.  Santibanez was previously convicted for assault of a family/household member with previous conviction and sentenced to 5 years probation.  Probation was revoked in 2020 and Santibanex was then sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In Brazoria County, Randy Harrod was arrested on August 30 on an outstanding warrant for a supervised release violation relating to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force assisted with this arrest.

In Caldwell County, Arthur Ortiz was arrested on September 7 for violating the terms of his parole by failing to report.  Ortiz was previously convicted for sexual assault of a child and sentenced to 6 years in prison.  Additionally, Ortiz was on parole for two counts of assault of a family or household member with previous conviction and assault family violence with previous conviction.

In Dallas County, Christopher Lawrence Kirbie, a confirmed Aryan Brotherhood gang member, was arrested on August 30 for outstanding warrants for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, and evading arrest with a motor vehicle.  Kirbie also had outstanding arrests for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, along with the North Texas Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Dallas Police Department assisted with the arrest.

In Dallas County, Kayla Justil Myers was arrested on August 30 for an outstanding warrant for possession of a stolen firearm and harboring a fugitive from justice.  The Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force along with the North Texas Fugitive Task Force, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Dallas Police Department assisted with the arrest.

In Dallas County, Johnny Jennings was arrested on August 30 for violating his parole. Jennings was previously convicted of manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance, intoxicated assault, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  This arrest was in response to a Crime Stopper referral.