Hartsville officers locate juvenile who escaped from Darlington courthouse

DARLINGTON, SC (WBTW) – The juvenile who escaped from the Darlington County deputy’s custody while at the Darlington County Courthouse on Feb. 21 was located in Hartsville Friday morning.

According to Lt. Robert Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, the juvenile was located with help from the Hartsville Police Department. That juvenile is now back at the Dept of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

A Darlington County Sheriff’s Deputy was put on administrative leave after a juvenile escaped police custody at the Darlington County Courthouse.

Lt. Kilgo says the deputy had custody of “several juveniles” following a family court hearing at the courthouse. One of the juveniles was in custody for an alleged truancy violation, and was able to escape from the courthouse, although Lt. Kilgo did not offer details as to how the juvenile escaped.

The deputy, whose name was not released, is now on administrative pending the outcome of an investigation, according to Lt. Kilgo.