DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Dorchester District 2 board member Barbara Crosby turned herself in to detectives Friday afternoon following an incident that happened last Wednesday during a school board meeting.

A report from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office said Crosby left her two grandchildren — aged four and nine — in her car during a September 1 board meeting because she was running late and asked for a DD2 security guard to watch them.

Deputies reportedly told Crosby that she could not leave the kids in the car, but she ignored them.

Barbara Crosby booking photo

When they went to check out the car, deputies found it parked near the front of the building, still running, with the keys still inside, and all of the doors locked.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office said Crosby surrendered herself just after 1:00 p.m.; she has been charged with two counts of unlawful conduct towards a child and one count of statutory misconduct in office.

Warrants show she “willfully” placed a juvenile at unreasonable risk of harm or safety by leaving the children locked inside a running car for an extended period of time without adequate supervision.

It also says she used her position as a public officer to compel an employee of Dorchester District Two to supervise her juvenile grandchildren during working hours outside the scope of his responsibilities.

She was granted a $25,000 bond during a hearing Friday afternoon.

Dorchester District 2 released a statement saying, “We are saddened by the unfortunate allegations of Barbara Crosby’s conduct. We will cooperate fully with the investigation and will await the outcome of legal
proceedings. The Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees and District staff will continue to work together in the best interest of staff and students during these trying times.”