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Mom faces abuse, drug charges

Nov 11, 2010 9:01:00 AM - thestate.com
White powder and a leafy green substance sat on a weighing scale on the living room coffee table. A black handgun sat on a shelf in an open bedroom closet, next to baggies holding a white rock-like substance. When police called for anyone in the apartment to come out, three little girls emerged from another bedroom.

Charleston police say they found a 7-year-old minding her 6-year-old and 4-year-old sisters alone Monday night.

Their mother, Quenica Anderson, 27, of the North Central neighborhood, was arrested when she got home. She was charged with three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child, one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, one count of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of possession of cocaine base with intent to deliver.

She was in Charleston County Detention Center on Wednesday night in lieu of bail totaling $75,000.

It started with a 911 call that hung up, then another one about 8 p.m. when the caller gave only her name. Charleston Police Officer A.J. Thayer and a second officer went to the residence, knocked on the door, then announced, “Charleston Police Department” when no one answered. They listened at the door and heard a faint moaning, according to the report.

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