Aiken Standard editor discusses child neglect case on radio

  • Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 1:38 p.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 3:55 p.m.

Aiken Standard News Editor Haley Hughes appeared on Southern California Public Radio 89.3 KPCC today to discuss the case of a North Augusta woman accused of leaving her child at a park while she went to work.

Hughes appeared on KPCC’s “Air Talk” with Larry Mantle to talk about the case of Debra Harrell, who was arrested by North Augusta Public Safety and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. A podcast of the segment will be available soon at http://n.pr/1ww7E2u.

A witness on June 30 noticed a 9-year-old child playing at a park on Edgefield Road, in North Augusta, unattended by an adult, according to an incident report. The witness headed to work and later returned to the park, where she found the same child still playing without an adult watching her.

The witness asked the child where her parent was, and the child said her mother dropped her off at the park before she went to work, police said. The child also told the witness that she’s “dropped off all the time to play at the park while her mother is at work.”

The child was asked what she eats for lunch, and she replied food from other people, or she walks to the McDonald’s in Wal-Mart, police said.

In addition to syndicated shows from National Public Radio, or NPR, KPCC also produces several original programs, including “Air Talk.”

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.

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