A 33-year-old Bluffton woman was charged with child neglect after police found her passed out in her home, which was covered with animal droppings, trash and unwashed dishes, according to a police report.
Her 10-year-old son told a neighbor he couldn't wake his mother, and the neighbor called 911 at about 1 p.m. Sunday, said a Bluffton police news release Wednesday.
Police were able to wake the woman after they arrived. They believe she passed out after inhaling from cans of compressed air, normally used for cleaning computer keyboards, Bluffton police Lt. Bryan Norberg said. Police found a bag containing more than 20 compressed-air cans in the home, he said.
Police found trash covering the floors, tables and kitchen counters, and a sink was overflowing with dirty dishes, the release said. They also found cat feces overflowing a litter box. Cat droppings and urine were seen on the beds, floors, tables and in the kitchen area.
Almost no food was inside the home, the release said.
Cari Jo Rhode of Hyon Street was charged with unlawful neglect of a child by a parent, county court records show. She was released from the county jail Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bond.
The boy's grandparents were awarded temporary custody of the child, pending a Department of Social Services investigation, Norberg said.