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Report: Xanax made child neglect suspects 'cocky'

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston police were called to Muirfield Parkway and Jerome Court to investigate vehicle break-ins, and say they found two young children had been left home alone while their babysitters looted nearby cars.

The suspects, 21-year-old Jonathan Tyler Green and 20-year-old Joseph Edward Townes, told police they had been drinking and were supposed to be babysitting two children while the child's mother and grandmother were out "clubbing."

Green told police one child is a 3-month-old boy and that the other, a 5-year-old girl, was watching cartoons and was supposed to listen for the infant to wake up.

Townes at first insisted he had not left the children home alone and had even gotten paid for the babysitting job.

Witnesses identified both Green and Townes as men who had tried to break into vehicles in the area.

Later in the day, police found stolen property in a backpack belonging to Townes.

Townes admitted that he and Green had left the children alone. He told police he and Green had taken Xanax that made them "cocky" and they decided to go "car hopping."

Both men are charged with neglect of a child. Townes is also charged with two counts of breaking into a vehicle. He was given a $10,000 bond.

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