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The parents, who run a bodybuilding business, are under investigation for an alleged series of excessive punishments
The teenager was reportedly being punished for eating a Pop-Tart without her parents’ express permission.
A 14-year-old girl was forced to live alone in the woods as punishment for eating a Pop-Tart without her parents’ permission, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
By the time authorities showed up to arrest her parents, the girl had allegedly been barred from coming home for two days, and was under orders to stay away for the rest of the week.
The girl was reportedly made to live in a tent with no provisions except a roll of toilet paper, a watch, a whistle, and a flashlight. In order to get food each day, the girl was told to meet a family member at specific times during the day at a fence on the couple’s property. One afternoon, the girl’s brother reportedly brought her SpaghettiOs.
The couple, James and Crystal Driggers, are bodybuilders who run their own home fitness program complete with workout DVDs and a meal plan, according to The Daily Beast.
The Driggers are currently under investigation for their pattern of “excessive punishment for small household offenses.” Police have charged the couple with unlawful neglect of a child, and other charges may be filed as the investigation continues.
Couple Forced 14-Year-Old Girl To Live In Woods Because She Ate A Pop-Tart: Cops
A South Carolina married couple is accused of forcing their 14-year-old daughter to live in the woods because she ate a Pop-Tart.
Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, and James Allen Driggers, 33, of Dalzell were arrested on Friday night after they allegedly made the girl set up a tent in an area known to have wild hogs, according to a news release from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. According to cops, the girl endured the punishment for two straight days before sheriff's deputies intervened.
The teen got only a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, a whistle and a watch from her parents, authorities alleged. She had to meet a family member at specific times of the day if she wanted any food, according to the release.
Crystal Lynn and James Allen Driggers (Sumter County Sheriff’s Office)
Dalzell was battered by severe thunderstorms on Thursday, one of the two days the teen was forced to live in a tent, the release said.
Authorities also allege the girl was banned from entering her house last month between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
"She couldn't return for any reason," Sheriff's Office spokesperson Braden Bunch told NBC News. "Not to get a drink, not to use the bathroom, nothing."
Both parents were charged with child neglect.
The couple has five children. The sheriff's department told The Huffington Post that as of Tuesday morning, all five are in emergency protective custody with the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
A call to a listed number for a James Allen Driggers in Sumter County was not returned.
Teen eats Pop-Tarts, gets banned from home
A 14-year-old US girl was forced to live in a tent in the woods because she ate a Pop Tart without permission.
The parents of the South Carolina girl have been charged with child neglect after authorities found her living in a tent 400 metres from the family home, banished for a week as punishment, the sheriff's department said.
Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, and James Allen Driggers, 33, allegedly set up the tent in a wooded area, gave the girl a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, a whistle and a watch and told her to stay away for a week. She was instructed to appear at a fence on the family property at a specific time each day if she wanted food, Sumter County Sheriff's Department investigators were told.
The girl was banished from her home, parents and four siblings for eating a Pop-Tart, the sheriff's department said.
It's not the first time the girl had been denied access to her home, investigators were told. In the past month, she was allegedly prohibited from entering the home between 8am and 6pm each day.
When violent thunderstorms rolled through the area Thursday night, "the child was also left to fend for herself", a news release from the sheriff's department said.
Crystal and James Driggers were being held at the Sumter-Lee Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing Friday night. While the girl was in the custody of the Department of Social Services, her four siblings were with their grandparents.
Parents forced daughter to live in woods for eating Pop-Tart
SUMTER, S.C. — A South Carolina couple is facing charges for allegedly forcing their 14-year-old daughter to live in the woods as a form of punishment after she ate a Pop-Tart without permission.
Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, and James Allen Driggers, 33, are accused of banishing their daughter from their home after they discovered she ate the sweet treat, according to The State.
The girl was reportedly told not to come home for a week. Someone was delivering food to her at specific times, according to the report.
The girl was instructed to pitch a tent in the woods and was given a whistle, flashlight, toilet paper and a watch. When rain and storms moved through the area on Thursday, “the child was also left to fend for herself ,” a news release from the sheriff’s department said.
The 14-year-old and her four siblings are staying with their grandparents while the parents each face one count of unlawful neglect of a child. Additional charges are possible.
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South Carolina parents sent teen to live in woods for eating a Pop-Tart without permission
Two South Carolina parents have been charged with neglect after they allegedly banished their daughter to the woods for eating a Pop-Tart without permission.
James and Crystal Driggers have been arrested and face one count of unlawful neglect of a child after they allegedly forced their 14-year-old daughter to the woods as a form of punishment, according to NBC News.
The child reportedly was not allowed to enter the house for at least two days for her Pop-Tart smuggling. The girl was told not to come home for a week and that someone would bring her food at certain times.
Police reported that the girl was told to pitch a tent in the woods and was given only a roll of toilet paper, a whistle, a flashlight and a watch.
The girl’s grandmother took her in and reported her situation to police, who then discovered the girl had been sent back to the woods.
The parents could still face further charges.
Teenager Forced to Live in the Woods as Punishment for Eating a Pop-Tart - Recipes
It's easy to admit that frosted, sugar-filled Pop-Tarts can be irresistible, but a young teen's craving for the delicious snack led to an unwanted adventure in the woods.
James and Crystal Driggers, a couple in South Carolina, kicked their 14-year-old daughter out of the house for eating a Pop-Tart without permission. While kicking your child out of the house is cruel and unusual punishment on its own, the parents didn't stop there.
They parents forced their daughter to go out into the woods and pitch a tent alone with just a roll of toilet paper, a whistle, a flashlight, and a watch. They told her to meet "someone" at the family's fence during specific times if she wanted to receive food. This "someone" ended up being her brother, and he merely gave her an open can of Spaghetti-Os with a plastic spoon.
They denied their daughter entrance into their house for two full days, but they expected her to stay away from their home for the week. She even had to fend for herself when thunderstorms hit the town on Thursday night.
Thankfully, the teen's grandmother was able to take her granddaughter in and report the situation to the police. James and Crystal Driggers have been charged with a single count of unlawful neglect of a child, and police said that it is possible that the parents will receive other charges as the investigation continues.
South Carolina Parents Force Daughter To Live In The Woods Because She Ate A Pop-Tart
South Carolina parents James and Crystal Driggers, forced their daughter to live in the woods because they caught her eating an "unauthorized" Pop-Tart. Crystal and James Driggers were arrested after police discovered the 14-year-old girl was sent to live in a tent in the woods for a week.
Sumter County Sheriff's Office officials said that James Driggers, 33, and Crystal Driggers, 36, denied their daughter entry into the home for two days, and told her to go back to the woods and stay there for a week. The South Carolina parents reportedly set up a tent for their daughter in an area where wild boar are known to frequent. The girl was only given a watch, flashlight, and a roll of toilet paper before being ushered off into the forest, according to police reports.
The Driggers' allegedly told their daughter that "someone" would meet her at a spot along the property fence at specific times during the day. If the teen girl wanted any food to eat, she was told be show up for the meeting. According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, one afternoon, a sibling brought the girl a plastic spoon and a can of Spaghetti-Os to eat.
Severe thunderstorms hit the area during her night in the woods. When the teen's grandmother found out that the girl was out in the woods during the storm, she called the police. While waiting for the authorities to arrive, the grandmother ventured out into the heavy rain to find the girl.
The South Carolina law enforcement officers took the girl home and talked to her parents. After the deputies left, the girl was reportedly sent back out to the tent in the woods. It was not until a follow-up visit on Friday afternoon that the officers discovered that the girl was still out in the woods, about a quarter-mile from the home.
Police investigators discovered that the teen girl was sent from the home each day at 8 a.m. and not allowed to return home until 6 p.m. throughout last month. During that same time period, the temperatures regularly hit at least 100 degrees during the afternoon hours.
"She couldn't return for any reason," police spokesman Braden Bunch said. "Not to get a drink, not to use the bathroom, nothing. We feel very confident that the parents were overstepping their bounds. From trying to correct a child's behavior to true criminal punishment."
The Driggers' family includes five children in addition to the daughter sent to woods because she ate a Pop-Tart without permission. All of the teen's siblings have reportedly been placed in the custody of grandparents. The 14-year-old girl is currently in the custody of the state.
Both Crystal and James Driggers have been charged with child neglect. Sumter County police officials have noted that additional child abuse-related charges might be filed against the South Carolina parents accused of forcing their daughter to live in the woods because she ate a Pop-Tart.
Police: Parents forced daughter to live in woods as punishment after eating Pop Tart
All parents have different ideas of how to discipline their children. One South Carolina couple allegedly took their punishment of choice to an extreme, and now they are facing charges.
The Sumter County parents were arrested this week after they allegedly forced their 14-year-old daughter to live in a tent in the woods because she ate a Pop Tart without permission, NBCNews reports.
James Driggers, 33, and his wife Crystal Driggers, 36, allegedly ordered their daughter to stay away from the home for a week. Police said they told her to set up a tent in a wooded area known to have wild hogs. She was given only a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, a whistle and a watch, according to police.
The teen was also left outside during severe thunderstorms that hit the area Thursday night, according to authorities. They said the girl's grandmother learned what was happening and called police before taking her to her own home around the corner.
However, after the girl was returned home Thursday night and police talked with her parents, she was sent back outside to the tent, more than a quarter-mile from the home, police said.
"She couldn't return for any reason," police spokesman Braden Bunch told NBCNews. "Not to get a drink, not to use the bathroom, nothing."
The family has five other children.
Both parents have been charged with a single count of unlawful neglect of a child. More charges are possible.
Deputies: Child Forced To Live In Woods For Eating Pop Tart Without Permission
DALZELL, S.C. (AP) - Deputies said a Sumter County couple has been arrested after they forced their 14-year-old daughter to live in a tent in the woods because she ate a Pop Tart without permission.
Investigators said 33-year-old James Driggers and his 36-year-old wife, Crystal, only gave their daughter a flashlight, a roll of toilet paper, a whistle and a watch and told her she had to stay out in the woods for a week.
Deputies said the parents told the girl she had to meet someone at a fence at specific times to get any food.
Authorities found the girl Friday night, two days into her punishment. She was outside during Thursday night’s severe storms.
The parents were charged with child neglect. It wasn’t known if they had lawyers.
(Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
South Carolina Parents Force Teen to Live in Tent Because She Ate a Pop-Tart Without Permission
Two South Carolinian parents were arrested last week after police say they forced their 14-year-old daughter to live in a tent in the woods more than one-quarter of a mile from their home.
According to local police, the daughter of Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, and James Allen Driggers, 33, was denied entry to their house in Dalzell, South Carolina for two days and was supposed to remain away for an entire week — all as a punishment for eating a Pop-Tart without permission.
KLTV reported that the wooded area where the daughter was allegedly exiled to was known to be populated by wild hogs. The daughter was supposedly only given one roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, a whistle and a watch. She instructed to meet at the fence surrounding her parents' property at specific times in order to receive food.
According to WNCN, the teenager was forced to fend for herself during severe thunderstorms Thursday evening.
Police say the daughter was also supposedly prohibited from entering the house between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. the previous month.
Both Driggers were charged with a single count each of unlawful neglect of a child. The parents were held at the Sumter-Lee Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.
The 14-year-old daughter was placed into the custody of the South Carolina Department of Social Services. The Driggers' four other children are now in the custody of their grandparents.
Dalzell is located less than one hour outside of Columbia, South Carolina in the Pee Dee region of the state.