Aiken couple charged in child neglect investigation
An Aiken couple were charged Saturday in connection with a child neglect investigation involving six young children.
Albert Edwards II, 53, and Nekisha Horsely, 40, were both charged with six counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to jail records.
Edwards is also facing charges of assault and battery, breach of trust and giving false information to police, records show.
On Nov. 2, Aiken Public Safety officers met with a 62-year-old Aiken woman who claimed there were six children living on Senate Drive being neglected, according to the report.
The woman said the children always come to her residence for food and they told her their parents do not feed them, the report states.
She told investigators she has been feeding the children daily since they moved in around four weeks prior to the report; she also claimed the kids do not go to school while their parents leave them home alone all day, according to the report.
After speaking with the children’s parents, the woman said they both told her they “receive disability checks and the checks run out before they can get the children food,” the report states.
There was also reports the children were attempting to “sell their Halloween candy” in exchange for decent food or money for food.
Following an investigation, Edwards and Horsely were arrested Saturday and taken to the Aiken County detention center, where they are still being held as of Monday afternoon.