After Infant Dies, Police Find Illegal Daycare With Unsupervised Kids, Loaded Gun, Alcohol (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Police in South Carolina discovered an illegal daycare after receiving a call about an unresponsive 3-month-old baby.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s office said they found Pamela Clark Wood, 49, had a total of 23 children in her home, when she’s only legally allowed to care for no more than six.

Wood’s 16-year-old daughter was found with 14 children hidden in a downstairs room of Wood's home.

Police found two unattended children in a master bedroom where a loaded revolver was sitting on a bookshelf, according to the arrest warrant. There was another unsupervised toddler in the backyard.

Alcohol and cleaning liquids were located in her kitchen and were accessible to the children.

Paramedics were called to her home on Feb. 21 when a 3-month-old girl was found unconscious in her crib. Coroner Park Evans reported that the infant was sleeping in unsafe conditions.

Wood was arrested and charged Thursday with child neglect, obstruction of justice, and violating child daycare licensing.

Wood is registered with the Greenville County Department of Social Services to have a maximum of six children in her home. A warrant shows she had a prior record with DDS for violating that guideline.

Parent Gary Blackburn told WYFF 4 that his son attended Wood’s daycare for 4.5 years.

"We did the whole background check, the DSS check and all those turned cleared out," said Blackburn.

He says he pulled his son from her care in January when he noticed his son getting “sick” before going to daycare and asking strange questions.

"For a solid week he would randomly ask us over and over if we were going to stop loving him," said Blackburn.

He says when his son stopped attending daycare the odd behavior stopped.

Wood was released Friday on $11,000 bond.

Deputies told CBS Charlotte that it’s unlikely Wood will be charged with the child’s death.

Sources: WYFF 4, CBS Charlotte