Pamela Clark Woods, a trusted woman of the community and independent daycare facility owner, was arrested in Greenville County for child neglect, violation of daycare licensing, and obstructing justice. The police responded to a report about a 3-month-old baby who was unresponsive. When they arrived, they were shocked to discover many unsupervised toddlers in the back yard, and a pistol that was accessible to the children in her care. However, that was only the beginning. As police investigated the daycare, they found that Woods was hiding 14 children in a room at the lower level of the house in her home. Some of the children stood alongside a loaded gun and numerous alcohol beverages. Two children were in a master bedroom where a loaded revolver was on a book shelf. Alcohol beverages and harmful cleaning products were exposed within child reach. When the police questioned Woods, she did not cooperate. She repeatedly provided false information about herself and the daycare. According to Greenville County daycare registration guidelines, the business must not exceed the maximum number of 6 children. Woods clearly violated that policy and had tripled that number of children in her daycare facility.
The 3-month-old, who Police found was unresponsive earlier that day, was pronounced dead at the scene. Due to the lack of evidence, Woods has not been charged with murdering the baby at this time. The coroner will examine the body and determine if the cause of death is from unsafe sleeping conditions from Woods daycare.
A member of the community, Gary Blackburn, admitted that he allowed Woods to care for his son at her facility for 4 1/2 years. He stated to a NBC News reporter “I did the whole background check, the DSS check and all those returned clear”. However, in January he decided to take his son out of the daycare program because his son was displaying odd behavior. “For a solid week he would randomly ask us over and over if we were going to stop loving him”. Blackburn claimed once his son stopped going to the daycare, the strange behavior ceased as well.
The daycare facility is closed until further notice from the Greenville County Police Department.