Myrtle Beach, SC (WBTW) – Horry County police officers have identified the woman who claims to have lost her baby in a Socastee, South Carolina creek as 33-year-old Sarah Lane Toney.
According to Lieutenant Raul Denis, Toney was arrested on an outstanding, unrelated warrant and is being held at the Horry County Detention Center
Crews called off the search Tuesday night for the missing Socastee baby after getting reports a woman threw the child in a creek.
According to Lt. Raul Denis, a homeowner reported finding a woman, later identified as Toney, on her back porch. The initial call to officers was in reference to a suspicious person around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Toney then reportedly told the homeowner she went into the creek with her child, Lt. Denis adds. Investigators revealed that Toney lost her baby in a rushing creek, behind a home on Simms Drive.
Toney was transported to Conway Hospital for “medical clearance” while officials searched for the child Tuesday afternoon.
“Anything she tells us has to be investigated and corroborated,” explained Denis.
Detectives canvassed Simms Drive, talking to neighbors. Kaylee White lives three doors down and says she’s seen Toney out walking.
“I have two babies of my own; I couldn’t imagine doing anything to them,” stated White.
Rescue crews discontinued their search for the infant Tuesday at sunset, says Lt. Denis. The water became too high and too fast for crews to continue the search. Officers will continue to search for the baby at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“The water is really fast and turbulent so it’s not ideal for any diver to be in it,” said Denis.
The baby named Grace is five months old, according to Lt. Denis. Police K-9 agents were called to the scene to aid in the search for the child.
Lt. Denis said officers were on scene, along the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Horry County Fire Rescue, conducting an investigation. Horry County Police released a photo of the baby shortly after the search began.