On Saturday the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the home of two suspects who are currently incarcerated on charges of child abuse.
Deputies said they were called around 3 p.m. to the home rented by Theia McArdle and Richard Bowman on Union Highway. The property is vacant as the occupants are currently being held at Newberry County Detention Center, according to online jail records.
McArdle and Bowman have both been charged with homicide by child abuse after police said McArdle’s son Gabriel, 3, succumbed to serious bodily injures.
When deputies arrived at the vacant home Saturday, they said the back door was propped open with a purple plastic tote. In the incident report, deputies said they are trying to determine if the home was unlawfully entered.
Deputies described the residence of McArdle and Bowman as unkempt, with trash and cat feces throughout the house.
Due to the renters not being on scene, deputies are not yet aware if anything was taken from the residence.
The owner of the property told the sheriff’s office that he is planning to speak with a judge in order to begin the eviction process.