Shanetta Powers Leaves Toddler with Homeless Man While She Goes Out “For Cigarettes”

Mother of the Year Shantetta Powers

Ah, the old going out “for cigarettes” excuse. Not that I have any inside information, but isn’t it funny how people who are going out “for cigarettes” often end up coming home high or having turned a trick? I’m not implying anything, just making an observation. But those sure must be some good smokes for this lovely lady to leave her toddler with a homeless dude, right?

A woman was charged with child neglect Monday night after a frantic search for her 18-month-old son ended when the child was returned safely to his mother by a neighbor.

Shanetta Monique Powers, 21, of 408 Abner Road, Spartanburg, was booked into the Spartanburg County jail at 8:35 p.m., about one hour after the search at Whispering Pines Apartments ended with the child unharmed.

A man on the scene who identified himself as a close friend of Powers said Powers left the boy in the care of another man for about 5 to 10 minutes while she went across the street to get a cigarette from neighbors, who were going to drive Powers to the store to get food because she doesn’t have a car.

When Powers returned to her apartment, the man and her child were gone.

What a surprise! But wait, in the ten minutes or so it takes to get a pack of smokes a virtual comedy of errors ensured, assumedly in some sort of wormhole where time is distorted:

The child was found unharmed and returned to his mother. The man who was watching the little boy had handed him off to a woman neighbor, and that neighbor gave the child to his mother’s friend, Marvin Byrd, around 7:30 p.m.

After being reunited with his mother, the child was taken into Emergency Protective Custody and later turned over to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, according to a statement from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Byrd said the man Powers left her son with was a transient.

“He takes from everybody,” Byrd said, “but she’s nice enough to let him stay there for some reason. I wouldn’t have done that, but she’s too nice. I tried to tell her before, ‘You need to cut down on that.’ ”

Is it too early to put her name in for mother of the year?


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