Charleston, South Carolina (WCBD) – A mother and father accused of leaving a 2-year-old child alone in South Carolina while on a trip to New York were arrested Monday.
According to the Charleston Police Department, officers were called to the apartment around 2 p.m. on November 17 after receiving a call that an infant was alone in the apartment. A witness told officers that the child’s father, Donald Gekonji, 24, sent a text saying he was in New York on business.
The apartment manager was unable to contact anyone in the apartment, so management conducted an “emergency walkthrough”.
When I went inside, I found a child sleeping on the bed in the living room. The child awoke and “immediately reached for an empty water bottle” when police entered. Police said the child was in good health.
Foster services responded to the scene, changing diapers, putting the child in new clothes, and taking him to a local children’s hospital.
Police made several attempts to contact Gekonge and the child’s mother, Darrin Aldrich, 24, without initial success. Gekonge later called the apartment complex and spoke with the police.
Gekonge reportedly left his apartment around 6 a.m. and said he was “only a few states away.” He later admitted he was in New York “on business” and had no idea who was taking care of the child, but assumed he was Aldrich.
Gekonge’s story changed again, and Aldrich also admitted that he was in New York “due to an emergency.”
Both Gekonge and Aldrich were arrested on charges of misconduct against children. Gekonge was held in a $50,000 bond and Aldrich was held in a $75,000 bond.
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