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Aiken Couple Overdoses With Three Young Kids Present; Woman Works as School Guidance Counselor


An Aiken couple was arrested Monday for child neglect after they reportedly overdosed earlier this month with three children present, according to a police report.

The woman works as a guidance counselor at Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School.

Courtney Renee Tinsley, 37, and Robert Allen Love, 37, were both arrested Monday and charged with three counts of unlawful neglect of a child. Love was also charged with a weapons offense.

On Oct. 8, officers responded to an apartment on Hollow Tree Drive in reference to an overdose and went to a balcony. Here is what the police report says:

“Officers observed a white male and a white female who appeared to have overdosed. The female had a yellow color to her skin and her lips appeared to be blue. The female also was unresponsive to voice and touch (sternum rub). The female had no visible chest rise and did not appear to be breathing. The male had a very red tint to his skin and was sweating profusely. The male and female both came to moments later after being given NARCAN. They stated that they had taken ‘Perc 30.’ There were three juveniles present.”

The public safety department’s juvenile division got involved. It’s not clear what happened to the children but DSS workers are generally called for such circumstances.

Tinsley is listed as a guidance counselor on the elementary school page, where a biography says this is her fourth year at Oakwood-Windsor. Before she came to Aiken, she worked in Claxton, Ga., where she served as a School Counselor at Claxton High School for Evans County Board of Education for two years.

“Prior to her first professional counseling experience, she worked as an Education Department Assistant at Youth Challenge Academy with Georgia Department of Defense at Fort Gordon, Georgia,” the school page says.

A Facebook page for Tinsley shows her with three young children, two boys and a girl. Love is shown on his Facebook page working as an electrician.

Both suspects appear to have bonded out of jail already.

Here is a message from the Aiken County School District’s Communications Director, Mike Rosier:

“Today, local law enforcement arrested an individual who is employed by Aiken County Public Schools. None of the alleged offenses were directly related to her employment with the District. The individual has been a counselor in good standing at Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School for the last three years. As is standard protocol, the employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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