I am pretty sure that when a police officer approaches a stolen car to look inside the last thing expected to be seen is a three-year-old child brandishing a gun. That is exactly what happened about two weeks ago now inNorth Charleston,SC. I’m sure the officer was really caught off guard because most children of this age are busy spending their days with crayons, toys, and using their moms as jungle gyms, not grabbing a gun near-by when an officer is coming to where they are, but that’s precisely what this tot did. Luckily for the officer and the toddler, the gun the little boy was brandishing was a BB gun. The little guy safely handed over the BB gun to the officer while exclaiming ‘Gun, gun!’ The child was found inside a red Montero sports car with aUtah license plate. His father, 23-year-old Terrence Myers, was driving the car.
The incident began when a police officer got a tip about a stolen car being in the patrol area. The officer turned around to verify the license plate, but as the patrol car turned around the suspect, later identified as Myers, made an abrupt turn onto a side street, parked in a drive way, and then leapt an 8-foot fence abandoning the car, and his child. Gee, thanks a lot dad. I just love going on your criminal excursions just for you to abandon me when the shit starts to hit the fan! I can only imagine what went through this poor little guys head when he watched his father exit the car and then leap over a fence without him. He must have been scared out of his mind!
While Myers was hiding out at a relative’s house near-by police called in K-9 Units to attempt to locate the suspect. Two women also approached police at the scene and said that Myers called the mother of the child who asked that they go pick him up. Police asked the mother to come to the scene for questioning. In my opinion, there is absolutely no excuse for her having asked someone else to pick up her child from a crime scene. Work doesn’t cut it, visiting someone in the hospital doesn’t cut it, the only thing in my mind that does is if she were dead, dying, or seriously injured and at the hospital herself, but even then I’d find a way off of my hospital bed to go get him. Hard to do when you’re dead or dying, but I guess I’m just stubborn.
Myers was later located at a home on a near-by street and placed under arrest. Police found a gram of marijuana in his front pocket. Myers said he ran from police because he did not have a license and he had marijuana in his possession. Too bad for him his petty confession did not impress anyone. At his arraignment bail was set at $25,000 for three charges, $5,000 for possession of marijuana, $10,000 for possession of a stolen vehicle, and $10,000 for unlawful neglect of a child. Unlawful neglect, isn’t all neglect unlawful?
Myers also has a long criminal history dating back to 2006 when he was convicted of common law robbery and strong armed robbery. Here’s a breakdown I got from one of our sources.
In Oct. 2007, Myers was arrested and charged with manufacture and possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute, distribution of crack cocaine, unlawful carrying of a weapon, resisting arrest and second degree burglary.
In June 2008, Myers was convicted of possession of meth or cocaine base and unlawful carrying of a weapon. In May 2008, Myers violated the conditions of his parole.
Myers was arrested again in Sept. 2009 when he was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of hypodermic needles and syringes. A month later, he was charged with burglary, breaking into auto tanks where fuel is stored and weapon sale / possession of stolen gun.
In Jan. 2010, Myers violated parole again. Then, in June, he was arrested and charged with possession of meth or cocaine base, resisting arrest and littering.
This little boy is three-years-old, there is no way his mother couldn’t have known he was bad news with a track record like that! For goodness sake, what in the world made her think that he was going to make a good father when long before they had a child together he was committing violent crimes and violating parole? Looking at his possession charges, they were probably getting high together and screwing so she was too high to care, but I’m only speculating. I’ll leave the rest of the speculation to our wonderful readers.
There is some good and bad news at the end of this though. The good news is no dead kids. The bad news is the whereabouts of the toddler were not reported. Having said that one can only assume that he’s with his mother (if you can call her that). Maybe she’ll learn from this, but as we’ve seen in the past many of them don’t.
***Thanks to Suzee for the write-up.***