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DID AGENCY TRY TO SWEEP ARREST UNDER THE RUG?

The business manager at Spartanburg County’s division of the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) was arrested earlier this week and charged with first offense criminal domestic violence.

Shalonie Dawkins, 35, of Cowpens, S.C. was arrested on Monday by authorities in Spartanburg County and booked at the local detention center following her arrest.  Her mugshot – which you can view HERE – appeared on the website of The (Spartanburg, S.C.) Herald Journal, the local newspaper.

Albeit briefly …

According to our sources, the Herald-Journal  yanked Dawkins’ image shortly after being contacted by SCDSS officials.

Why would they do that?  Well, a conviction on criminal domestic violence (CDV) charges would result in automatic termination from the agency – which makes sense considering SCDSS routinely takes children into its care due to CDV arrests.  Speaking of, Dawkins reportedly has two children living under her  care at the home where the arrest took place on Monday.

“If DSS is unable to hire personnel, especially those in supervisory positions, who (cannot) restrain themselves in difficult situations, how can they be preaching to the clients they work with about violence in the home?” one source told FITS.

That’s a good question … although we believe Dawkins should have her day in court before we start assuming the worst.

Sources close to the agency tell FITS the incident is “under review” and that Dawkins handles financial responsibilities – not at-risk children.

“She does not work with children or oversee case workers who work with children,” one source close to the situation told FITS.

SCDSS has been under fire (and rightly so) for its negligence in child welfare cases.  In fact publicity surrounding one of those cases – which was exposed exclusively here on FITS – contributed to the resignation of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley‘s SCDSS director, Lillian Koller.