Charleston woman accused of leaving children, 1 and 4, alone

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A Charleston woman was arrested ondrug and unlawful conduct toward a child charges after police officers say theyfound her two children, ages 1 and 4, alone at home.

According to a police report, Sarina Lundwell was chargedwith two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child and two counts ofpossession of a controlled substance, as well as resisting arrest.

Officers say they were called to the home by a neighbor afterseeing Lundwell leave home without her children, the report states. Whenofficers checked on the children, they found the back door unlocked and theone-year-old in a crib crying. The 4-year-old told officers that her mother wasin New York.

Officers reported the home to be in nearly unlivableconditions: the kitchen sink and countertops were overflowing with dirty andmolding dishes; the couches were covered in clothes leaving nowhere to sit;knives and scissors were within reach of the children; an upstairs bathtub wasfull of dirty blinds and bleach water; and the front door was blocked by toysand clothes, "making it inaccessible in case of an emergency."

Nearly two hours later according to the report, Lundwellreturned and told officers she had gone to the store for groceries andcigarettes, but officers say she was not carrying any grocery bags when she gothome.

Lundwell also told officers she left her children in thecare of a friend, the report states.

Lundwell was told she was being arrested, and a struggleensued, the report states. She was put in an arm bar but continued to kick atthe officers and tried to pull out of the handcuffs, according to the report.

She had to be carried to the car and, once inside the policecruiser, she kicked at the windows and beat her head on the Plexiglas divider,the report states.

A Department of Social Services representative took the twosmall children into protective custody.

While searching Lundwell, officers reportedly found severalamphetamine and Hydrocodone pills.

Lundwell is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.