Domestic Disturbance in Spartanburg
On February 27, 2011, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call on Reynolds Road in Chesnee, SC. On arrival, deputies were met by April Miller at the door and invited in. Miller stated that she and her boyfriend, Joshua Harold Cobb were involved in a verbal altercation because he became grossly intoxicated and was trying to find prescription medication. He then left her while they were out to dinner at Applebees restaurant. Deputies observed Cobb lying on the floor of the residence in an intoxicated state. Paramedics responded to the scene and checked him out before he declined further treatment. Cobb kept repeating that he was a drug addict prior to EMT arrival. Miller was also heavily intoxicated with their 15 month old infant son in the residence.
During the course of interviewing Miller and Cobb, deputies observed the residence to be completely unsafe for the child. There was open trash strewn throughout the home along with dirty clothes. There were numerous empty beer cans and burned cigarette butts on the furniture and the floors all within easy reach of the child. There was open and very old food scattered through the house including a pot on the cabinet and a child’s plate. There was a plate in one bedroom that had leftover food lying near floor level within easy reach of the child. The food appeared to have been there for days. Potato chips covered the child’s high chair tray which appeared to have been a snack or meal for him recently. There were no clean clothes found for the child in the residence. Based upon the observations of the deputies, the parents intoxication and the deplorable and unsanitary conditions of the residence, it was determined that it was unsafe for the child to remain there in it’s present state and placed him into emergency protective custody. At that point, Cobb was unconscious and Miller became hysterical and threatened suicide at which point the EMT’s took her into custody for treatment. Miller then became combative and was restrained by handcuffs and a back board with straps and she tried to flee and assault the paramedics.
The child was transported to the children’s shelter.