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Georgetown County elementary school principal charged with neglect

Kimberly Lynn Means-Nesmith, 35, is charged with with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person, according to Georgetown County Sheriff's Office. (GCSO / WPDE background)

A Georgetown County elementary school principal is charged with neglect after officials say she left two of her own children in a car parked at a Pawleys Island grocery store on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, according to a news release.

Kimberly Lynn Means-Nesmith, 35, is charged with with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person, according to Georgetown County Sheriff's Office.

The GCSO says Means-Nesmith is a first-year principal at Browns Ferry Elementary School.

Officials found her two children, ages 5 and 6, in the car, banging on the windows at a grocery store. Outdoor temperatures at the time measured 85 degrees.

Means-Nesmith told officials she was in the store for a few minutes and left the children because they were sleeping.

According to a news release, she told deputies that her husband was on the way from Georgetown to pick them up. Means-Nesmith said she took her 2-year-old son into the store.

According to the sheriff’s office, the woman entered the store at 5:46 p.m. A store employee said a customer brought her the car’s license tag number to page the owner after other concerned customers had gathered around the locked car at 6:05 p.m. Means-Nesmith checked out with her purchases at 6:12 p.m.

The children were examined by personnel with Georgetown County Emergency Medical Service and found to be unharmed and were allowed to go home with their father.

Means-Nesmith is expected to go before a magistrate at the Georgetown County Detention Center today for a hearing.

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