Investigators said 33-year-old James Driggers and his 36-year-old wife, Crystal, only gave their daughter a flashlight, a roll of toilet paper, a whistle and a watch and told her she had to stay out in the woods for a week. She instructed to meet at the fence surrounding her parents’ property at specific times in order to receive food. The teen was also outside in her tent when severe thunderstorms rolled through South Carolina last week. In 2012, horrifying details emerged in the case of Savannah Hardin, who died after her grandmother, Joyce Hardin, forced her to run laps outside the family home for several hours as punishment for lying about eating candy bars. The grandmother went in the rain to take the child to her own home right around the corner, authorities said.
Investigators say the parents forced their daughter to pitch a tent more than a quarter-mile away from their home. “Not to get a drink, not to use the bathroom, nothing”.
[Image via Sumter County Sheriff’s Office//h/t Uproxx].
The Driggers have five other children, four of which were in the home at the time.
The suspects are in custody at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing while the child is in the custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
“We feel very confident that the parents were overstepping their bounds”, Bunch said.
Have U ever heard of such cruel and unusual punishment for a child?!
Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, and James Allen Driggers, 33, both of 3480 Ben Sanders Road were arrested and charged Friday with one count each of unlawful neglect of a child.