Child hurt in DSS care; parents denied access to child

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — A four-year-old is recovering from injuries he suffered while in the South Carolina Department of Social Service custody at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Charleston attorney David Aylor says the child’s family was stranded without money while moving from Florida to North Carolina.

Eighteen hours after surrendering their son to DSS, the family learned their four-year-old was hit by a car while in a foster home in Saint George.

Lydia Kreigbaum watched the boy get struck by the car. She says he had no parental supervision.

“Your foster child is getting in an ambulance, why are you not there? Why are you not beside him holding his hand? They just had no regard for that child’s life I felt like. It made me really question the foster care that was going on there,” said Kreighbaum.

“I want my mommy, I want my mommy. That’s all he kept saying and as a mom that is what I wanted to give him but there was no mommy around,” said Kreighbaum. “Nobody should be denied access to their child when their child goes through something so traumatic. I mean that little boy is going to be scared for the rest of his life,” she added.

The Department of Social Service says they have received a report regarding the incident and are conducting an investigation.

Aylor says the parents are being denied access to their son.

They are now asking for help from Governor Henry McMaster.

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