An Elgin mother and her boyfriend were in jail after her 22-month-old son walked away from their house Sunday for the second time in eight days.
Jacklyn Marie Jacobson, the 25-year-old mother, and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Jose Bleckler Gloria, both of Ashley Creek Drive in Elgin, were in the Kershaw County Detention Center on charges of unlawful neglect of a child, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said. The boy and a 6-month-old baby, who also lived in the home, have been taken into protective custody by the S.C. Department of Social Services, he said.
The boy’s first disappearance on April 1 made headlines after Matthews gave credit to the family dog for saving the child’s life by cuddling with him throughout the night.
The 22-month-old was discovered about 11:20 a.m. Sunday by a neighbor, who lives about a third of a mile from the Jacobson house, Matthews said. The neighbor heard the child crying and went outside.
“He didn’t know who he was so he called 911,” Matthews said.