An Abbeville man has been charged with molesting a 3-year-old child who was attending his wife’s home daycare.
The arrest warrant, sent to us by the Index-Journal, states Kenneth Cooper was taken to the Abbeville County Jail Friday. He was charged with Criminal Sexual Misconduct or attempt with a minor under the age of 11.
Deputies say it happened at a home on Old Calhoun Falls Road in Abbeville, where the home daycare was run by Cooper’s wife.
We spoke to residents who say they knew Cooper, and were shocked to hear what happened. “It kind of feels weird that he watched me when I was little, sometimes. It makes me feel a little uncomfortable,” said Ande Sorrow. Sorrow says Cooper’s wife babysat her when she was young.
“It makes you feel hopeless. Like, the world is just so cruel and people just don’t have hearts these days,” said Tabitha Rogers.
Deputies say more than one child was attending the daycare. There is no word on if the in-home daycare will be shut down.
According to the Index-Journal, investigators are trying to determine if there were any other victims. If you have any information that can help, call the Abbeville County Sheriff’s Office at 446-6000.