Sumter woman originally missing faces charges for abandoning infant, toddler

Davis A Sumter woman initially reported missing more than a week ago after her toddler and infant were found home alone following a domestic disturbance has now been charged with two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child after turning herself into law enforcement.

The woman, 27-year-old Shardae Evette Davis, was processed at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center this weekend and has since been released on bail.

In addition to filing charges against Davis, the Sumter Police Department is continuing to look for 34-year-old Sumter resident Herbert Linwood Butler, who faces domestic violence charges from a previous incident and is believed to have played a role in the recent developments.

ButlerWith the child endangerment charges, Davis faces up to 10 years in jail for each count.

Back on Jan. 15, officers responded to 911 reports of a domestic dispute at a home in the 600 block of East Liberty Street. Upon arrival, officers found Davis’ two small children, one not quite two years old and the other only five weeks old, alone in the home.

The children, unharmed, were placed in the custody of family members, who told law enforcement it seemed highly unlikely that Davis would willingly leave her children alone.   It was at this time that Sumter Police declared Davis missing and issued pictures of both Davis and Butler, who police said “have a tumultuous history.”

Three days later, police said Davis has contacted them to say she was safe, but was afraid to meet with police because of an outstanding shoplifting warrant in Horry County. Public records show that Davis was most recently arrested in July 2015 for shoplifting – third or subsequent offense, in Horry County.

Anyone with information about Butler’s whereabouts is asked to call either the Sumter Police Department at (803) 436-2700, or can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at either (803) 436-2718 or 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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