ROCK HILL, S.C. -- A Rock Hill mother is facing several charges after, police say, they found deplorable conditions inside the home where her two children were living.
Rock Hill police say 30-year-old Sylvia Gill is charged with unlawful neglect of a child, possession of marijuana and theft of electric current.
Police went to Sylvia's home on Sanders Street Wednesday after learning that someone there was stealing electricity. Power and water at the home had previously been disconnected.
When police went inside the home, they found trash and insects throughout the home, beds blackened by dirt and human feces overflowing from the bathroom. Police also found marijuana on the nightstand and in Sylvia’s car.
Police said the conditions were hazardous to the children -- an 8-year-old and 14-year-old -- living there.
Her neighbor, Creola McClanahan, says the description of the inside of the house doesn’t mesh with the Sylvia she knows.
“She feeds her kids, she’s a good mother,” McClanahan says. “I know that.”
Sylvia’s mother, Barbara Gill, says her daughter was not letting her kids live in their own filth.
She says the family was moving out of the home, in part because of a broken toilet. Barbara says Sylvia’s children haven’t been at the house in two weeks.
"After everything started falling apart she left,” Barbara says. “[She] left and carried her kids over to my daughter's house because she wasn't going to let them stay there with no lights on."
Barbara says someone else broke into the house, created the mess and stole the electricity.
“She wasn't staying here,” Barbara maintains. “I came here several times and she was not staying here."
Sylvia Gill made her first court appearance Thursday afternoon. A judge set her bail at $21,900. Her next court date is April 18. Her children are staying with an aunt.