Barbara Patterson and her husband, Marion Patterson, often travel on S.C. 90.
But Sunday night was like no other trip for the Conway couple as they found a 3-year-old boy running down the road in his pajama top and a diaper.
Their discovery led to another one: The boy and his 4-month-old brother had been left home alone by their mother, Kathleen Agnes Salling, who was out at a bar drinking, according to an arrest warrant.
It was 11:20 p.m. Sunday when the Pattersons saw the boy, who had on no pants or shoes, about 2 1/2 to 3 feet in the right lane, causing Marion Patterson to swerve into the left lane to avoid hitting the child, said Barbara Patterson. The couple were on their way home from Calabash, N.C.
The boy was facing the couple's car, looking for his mom to come back, Barbara Patterson said.