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Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child on Rowe Lane

On January 3, 2018, Sheriff Strickland responded to a residence located on Rowe Lane, in Colleton County.  Once Sheriff Strickland approached the residence he made contact with Colleton County Animal Control regarding a dog bite that occurred sometime earlier in the day.  While speaking with Animal Control about the incident Animal Control stated, “that’s the residence where the dogs belong” while pointing to a small tool shed like building.  The building was barely visible due to large amounts of debris possessing the area, including mass amounts of clothing hanging from rope tied to almost every tree around the location.

Upon entering the location Sheriff Strickland noticed this 12 by 12 make shift building was being occupied by more than just four animals. There were loft beds lining the walls and floor that were covered in mold due to excessive leaks, cardboard boxes lining the walls for insulation, bed linen and pillows that were stained dark brown due to poor living conditions, numerous empty alcohol containers along with perished food thrown all over the floor.  After further investigation Sheriff Strickland also observed there was no running water for bathing or drinking, along with no electricity to provide heat during harsh winter months. As Sheriff Strickland walked around the location he also noticed it was full of children’s toys, random chemicals, cookware full of rotting food, mounds of trash; including an old car tire that was full of fecal matter from being used as a toilet.

Disgusted by what he just witnessed Sheriff Strickland contacted the Colleton County Criminal Investigations Division and the Department of Social Services to help further investigate the situation.  While waiting on assistance to arrive Sheriff Strickland with the help of Corporal Brandon Craven and Deputy David Kroll; obtained information from a local neighbor that there’s supposedly five children, two adults and four animals residing at this location.  While speaking with the neighbor, Charlie Kidwell (suspect) came on scene disgruntled and began questioning Sheriff Strickland on their reason for being at the location.  After further questioning, Charlie Kidwell stated that the uninhabitable home was his, and that his wife Precious Kidwell (suspect) and children sometimes live there.  Charlie Kidwell also stated that his wife Precious Kidwell and children permanently lived in Summerville; but could not recall the address when questioned. Mr. Kidwell then proceeded to tell deputies’ that his religion was Mennonite and that it didn’t require him to provide necessities for his family; such as running water or electricity.

Charlie Kidwell was placed under arrest for Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child S.C. Statute 63-05-0070 due to the fact that he failed to provide the proper necessities for his children in his custody.  Charlie Kidwell was placed in the Colleton County Detention Center pending warrant procedures, subsequently a warrant for his arrest was obtained and served. A warrant was also issued for Precious Kidwell for Unlawful Conduct Toward a Child S.C. Statute 63-05-0070.  The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for all five children to ensure their safety and current living conditions. “We are a family that takes care of each other and by each other I mean community.” Said Sheriff R.A. Strickland.

The bond hearing took place last Friday January 4, 2019 his bond was set at $75,000 including GPS ankle monitoring and no contact with the children.