Child found in storage building in Oconee Co., man arrested

OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA)- A Westminister man has been arrested after deputies found an 11-year-old child alone in a storage building.

Tracey Shane Prater, 40, has been charged with assault and battery third degree and unlawful neglect of a child.

Deputies say Prater was arrested after he got into a fight with a man at a home on Highway 59.

Oconee County Sheriffs Office says as the investigation continued deputies learned about the child inside the storage building.

DSS was called to get the child after deputies discovered it had unhealthy and unsanitary living conditions.

Prater is being held in the Oconee County Detention Center.

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