COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCBD ) — The three children who were missing for almost 18 hours in Smoaks, SC will stay in the protective custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services.A judge made the ruling on Monday, March 14, 2016.The children ranging in ages from 2 to 4 have been in D.S.S. custody since all of this happened.
Investigators have interviewed the children, having them draw pictures to try to determine who took them, according to a family member.
In court on Monday, Capt. Jason Chapman with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office testified “there’s obviously something more involved than them just wandering off.”
Willie “Deon” Williams, the legal guardian of the boy, has been vocal about who he thinks is responsible. “My opinion, it’s some of my family members that had something to do with it,” he said. Willie Williams said in court saying “he has nothing to say other than he wants his kids back.”
Police have two people listed as persons of interest on the police report. They are the biological parents of the little boy who live in Columbia. Police have made no arrests.
The judge ordered the Department of Social Services to arrange supervised visitation for the family members. We’ve learned the children will be released from the care of D.S.S. if the investigation reveals more information about who is responsible.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.