South Carolina mother accused of abandoning her 3 children on island 06/16/2022 1:13 pm PDT Comments Anderson County TOWNVILLE, S.C. (TCD) -- A mother was arrested after allegedly abandoning her children on a Lake Hartwell island. According to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, the incident was initially being investigated as a missing persons case after Courtney Taylor was last seen leaving Cemetery Island. Deputies responded to the lake on Monday, June 13, at approximately 3:45 p.m., and found three stranded children, ages 12, 13, and 15, WYFF-TV reports. The children were allegedly camping on the island the night before with their mother, Taylor, and her boyfriend, Eric Elrod. The children reportedly told authorities their mother said she was going to get water, and she left the island with her boyfriend in their car but never returned. On Tuesday, June 14, Taylor was arrested on three counts of unlawful neglect of a child, records show. She was released the following day. According to WYFF, Elrod is wanted for distribution of methamphetamine and other charges by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. MORE: Press Release and Update - Anderson County Sheriff's OfficeAnderson County Jail RecordsWoman reported missing arrested for abandoning children on Lake Hartwell island, deputies say - WYFF #Instagram #SouthCarolina Related Stories Nebraska woman allegedly gave birth on sidewalk and abandoned baby in extreme cold Indiana mother faces 11 years in prison after allegedly abandoning autistic son in Ohio Ohio woman gets life in prison for abandoning her dead newborn in the woods 29 years ago New York mother sentenced after deceased newborn found abandoned in vacant lot Woman allegedly abandoned infant at beach in 2003; also suspected of tossing newborn in river in 1999 3 children found abandoned and malnourished in apartment with sibling’s skeletal remains Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.