- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - A Loris woman has been sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to cruelty charges for leaving her children alone in a hotel room with a dead man’s body.

Belonda Renee Davis, 31, was given credit for the time she has been in jail, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach (https://bit.ly/1eOIUe9) reported.

Circuit Judge Steven John on Thursday also ordered Davis to pay court costs and comply with all orders from the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

She had been arrested in September on cruelty and illegal neglect of a child charges. The neglect charges were dropped following the guilty plea to the cruelty charge.

Police said they found the woman’s 11-year-old and 13-year-old daughters in a hotel room Sept. 18 with the body of 21-year-old Paul Tebeau of Loris.



Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick said a cause of death was not determined by an autopsy, pending the outcome of toxicology reports.

Officers said they found marijuana, a crack pipe, what appeared to be a decongestant, and unidentified white pills on the table next to the man.

Officers found numerous prescription bottles with Davis‘ name on them in the room, according to the police report.

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Information from: The Sun News, https://www.thesunnews.com/

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