Mother of missing 5-month-old girl charged with unlawful conduct

Sarah Lane Toney

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - Sarah Lane Toney, the mother of missing 5-month-old baby, named Grace, will be charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, according to Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County police.

Toney's charge comes as a result of her actions that led to Grace being lost in a Socastee creek, according to Denis.

An arrest warrant will be served on Toney by the end of the day, Denis said, and then a bond hearing will be held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Crews searched until night settled in around 5:30pm Wednesday. Raul said the search will resume at daybreak and will get additional crews from the Coast Guard.

Horry County Police, Horry County Fire Rescue, The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, The State Law Enforcement Division, and the CUE Center for Missing Persons are continuing their efforts to find Baby Grace.

The search resumed at around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning after a short delay because of the poor weather.

A mobile command unit has been set up by Horry County police near the scene.

It all started about 24 hours earlier after police got a call from a homeowner on Shem Creek Circle who said she found a woman on her back porch who told her she went in to the river with her baby, but the woman no longer had a baby with her, according to Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County police.

Denis said an investigation revealed that "circumstances unfolded at a residence on Simms Drive, about 1/4 mile from that Shem Creek Circle location, in which the woman ultimately lost her baby in the rushing creek behind the residence."

Toney, 33, of Myrtle Beach, was initially arrested on an outstanding, unrelated, warrant and detained at the Horry County Detention Center, according to Lt. Denis.

Many people have contacted police and us asking if they can help with the search. Denis said no volunteers are needed to help with the search at this time.

We have a crew at the scene of this search and will continue to update this story as new information comes in.

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