Police: Parents Made Teen Live In A Tent For Eating A Pop-Tart

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

 A 14-year-old girl was sent to live in a tent in the woods a quarter of a mile away from her parents' home in Dalzell, South Carolina, as punishment for eating a Pop-Tart without permission, The State reported.

Crystal Lynn Driggers, 36, and James Allen Driggers, 33, set up a tent and gave their daughter a roll of toilet paper, a flashlight, a whistle and a watch and she was told not to return home for a week. To receive food, she reportedly had to show up at a fence at a certain time every day. The Driggers have since been charged with child neglect.

Investigators were told she was banned from entering the home between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day for the last month. Her parents reportedly proceeded with the latest punishment despite violent thunderstorms that rolled through the area.

“The child was also left to fend for herself,” according to a news release from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department.

The victim’s four siblings are now in the custody of their grandparents and she is in the care of the South Carolina Department of Social Services, WIS reported.

Though the investigation is ongoing, the Driggers are being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

Sources: WIS, The State

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