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Kids Had No Shoes, but Say Mom Forced them to Walk in 10 Degree Weather

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lmBy: Britt L

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Spartan County citizens put in multiple calls about a woman pushing a stroller walking with two children on Seminole drive in 10 degree weather.

The woman is now facing multiple charges after she forced the children to walk in the extreme cold without any proper clothing and leaving them in the middle of a busy road to flee Deputies.

Deputies say 26-year-old Raquel Sterling pushed the baby stroller out of her way and started running toward the Lil Cricket on New Cut Road where they captured her.

One Deputy handcuffed her and placed her in the back of a patrol car. When he went to check on the children at the ambulance truck, Sterling kicked the back window, unlatched her handcuffs and climbed out of the window.

“We just don’t really know what motivated the mother to behave the way she did this morning,” said Spartanburg County Sheriff Lt. Toney Ivey.

Police reported to have found one child dressed in thin clothing and other had on no shoes. Scared and violently shivering from the cold, one child told a woman that he and his sibling had been “walking all night.” Both children were found to be hypothermic.

Ivey reported that a citizen tried to talk to Sterling but she only chanted unintelligible words.

Sterling is charged with three counts of child neglect and malicious injury to property, less than $2,000. She is being held on a $8,500 bond at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Una Life Center pastor Cathaye Jones reflected about the unfortunate incident, stating Sterling could have went to a church if she was in desperate need of assistance.

“We have churches on every corner where she could have gone to seek help. A lot of people say she shouldn’t have taken the kids out, and of course and I am one of those people, but no one knows her situation,” exclaimed the pastor.

11 Comments

  1. Trekeia

    January 9, 2014 at 11:22 am

    That chick was cold. Lock her up I have no sympathy for bad mothers.

  2. Pamela

    January 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    This woman may be suffering from mental illness. It seems like it is time for an intervention to help her and her children.

    • Denise

      January 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Pamela you are probably right. I hope she and her children get the help they need.

  3. Terry

    January 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    So sad the situation for both the Children and The Mother . The Mother obviously is suffering from Mental issues . She more than likely is REPEATING the Environment from which she came and NEVER received PROFESSIONAL HELP AT ANY LEVEL , believing that this was NORMAL BEHAVIOR . African American’s are QUICK to say SHAME SHAME SHAME , Quick to POINT THE FINGER and REAL QUICK TO SAY LOCK HER UP !A LOT of things go on in our community that we are just not ready to be HONEST about . Examples : PARENTS WITH MENTAL , DRUG, ALCOHOL AND EVEN SEXUAL ABUSE PROBLEMS EXIST BUT WE KEEP OUR MOUTHS CLOSED , BECAUSE IT’S OUR MOTHER’S, FATHER’S, STEP FATHER’S, STEP MOTHER’S ,BROTHER’S, SISTER’S, UNCLE’S, COUSIN’S, FOSTER PARENT’S and so on. So LET’S FIND OUT FIRST , WHAT HER MENTAL STATE IS BEFORE WE JUDGE . AND BEFORE WE PUT ANOTHER AFRICAN AMERICAN IN PRISON OR BEFORE WE BEAT ANOTHER AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILD INTO SUBMISSION , LET’S LOOK AT HOW WE’VE BEEN RAISED AND HOW WE ARE RAISING OUR CHILDREN.

  4. Terry Wilson

    January 9, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    PAMELA YOU ARE ON THE MONEY GIRL ! THANK YOU FOR SEEING IT FOR WHAT IT IS !

  5. Rtitley

    January 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    This is sooo sad to see a mother doing something like this to her kids. Something is definetly wrong with their mommy she is probably suffering from mental depression. And I hope she get all the help for herself and the kids. Please don’t ask where is the father cause every situation most of the time it is always for mommy to take care of which is very stressful for the mother. She is very young and maybe that man knew she might be sick and decided to give her those children and turned his back on her, that is why she is rebelling towards the kids. I hope everything turns out to be OK for her and the kids with GODS GRACE & BLESSING.

  6. Devon

    January 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Any woman that dayum crazy needs to have her kids taken from her permanently, and put in a safe environment. My sympathy for crazy mofos who endanger kids is severely limited.

  7. chocolate 27

    January 9, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    What do color have to do with anything . This lady sick that needs help and all your can talk about if she black , seriously every race has mentally problems

  8. Rob

    January 10, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Got her kids out in 10 degree weather with hardly any clothes and no shoes? Are you kidding me? Where is her family because she obviously has a problem and needs help. But, let’s take care of the kids first and then get the mother some help. Thank goodness some people decided to, at least, call the authorities.

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