Judge to decide if 3 SC children can return home after being reported missing

The three children that were missing for almost 18 hours in Smoaks in Colleton County are currently in protective custody of D.S.S.

On Monday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m., family members of the children will appear in a Walterboro courtroom to find out if the children can return home.

The three little ones ranging in ages from 2 to 4 have been in D.S.S custody since all of this happened. According to a family member, investigators have interviewed the children having them draw pictures to try to determine who took them.

Willie “Deon” Williams, the legal guardian of the boy, has been vocal about who he thinks is responsible. “My opinion, its some of my family members that had something to do with it,” he said.

Police have two people listed as persons of interested on the police report. They are the biological parents of the little boy who live in Columbia. Police have made no arrests.

There are many family members who live on the property which is one of the things making this case complicated. Also, police searched the abandoned home where the kids were found locked in a closet, but it was not until they went back hours later that they found them there. The family hopes to get answers to some of their questions Monday in Family Court.

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