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Police: Child found wandering streets of Spartanburg; mother, step-father charged

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Elizabeth Pearson (left) and Anthony Harris. (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office) Elizabeth Pearson (left) and Anthony Harris. (Source: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff's Office)

Police said they made an arrest of the mother and stepfather of a nine year old boy found crying in the streets Saturday evening.

According to a report from the Spartanburg Police Department, the young boy was found near Bronco's off Union St shortly before 8:00 p.m.

Two good Samaritans noticed the boy, brought them into their care and called 911.  When police arrived, the boy reportedly told officers that he was trying to walk back home but got lost.  

However, as the boy was being taken home, the child told an officer of abuse that has happened in the house where he lived.

Before being taken into protective custody by the Department of Social Services, police paid a visit to the child's home, where they encountered Elizabeth Pearson, 32, and Anthony Harris, 49.  

Police said they found cockroaches crawling on the floor of the home.  

The report additionally stated that, "there was no door knob on the door and (the officer) had to use (his) pocket knife to open it.  Inside there were no sheets or covers on the bed.  The mattress had holes in it.  There were several pairs of dirty stained underwear along with other dirty clothes piled all over the floor."

Police said that there appeared to be plenty of food inside the home.

Pearson and Harris were both charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.

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