A Loris woman has been sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to cruelty charges after she was found with her children in a hotel room with drugs and a dead man's body.
31-year-old Belonda Renee Davis was given credit for the time she has been in jail.
Circuit Judge Steven John on Thursday also ordered Davis to pay court costs and comply with orders from the Department of Social Services.
She had been arrested in September on cruelty and illegal neglect of a child charges. The neglect charges were dropped following the guilty plea to the misdemeanor cruelty charge.
Police said they found the woman's 11-year-old and 13-year-old daughters in a hotel room with the body of 21-year-old Paul Tebeau of Loris in Sept. of 2012.
According to an Horry County police report, EMS was called to the Carolina Inn Hotel on Hwy 701 to check on a 21-year-old man who was unresponsive in a room.
Once on the scene, police found the man dead and Davis with her two children, ages 13 and 11.
Police said marijuana, a crack pipe, and numerous pills were found inside the room.
Monica Wooten, Horry County Assistant Solicitor, told WBTW that Davis and Tebeau met a couple months before the incident and were friends.
The girls and Davis tested negative for drugs, Wooten said.
Davis told authorities that Tebeau reportedly did pot in the bathroom and took pills prescribed to him, Wooten said.
Wooten said that Davis told officials that Tebeau didn't do drugs in front of Davis and her kids.
Tebeau died in the middle of the night, Wooten said.
The SC Department of Social Services was notified and asked that Davis be arrested for allowing her children to be around illegal drugs. Davis had no prior issues with DSS, Wooten said.
Police arrested Davis and took her to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where she was charged with two counts of child neglect.
Davis has no prior felony charges.
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report
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