Deputies: Man left 8 kids alone after wife died

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Associated Press

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

WOODRUFF, S.C. (AP) — Spartanburg County deputies say they have arrested the husband of a woman killed while riding her bicycle because he didn't come home to take care of the couple's eight children.

Investigators say no one came to 37-year-old Ruth Mathews door after she was killed Monday night, and it took them a while to find her husband, 47-year-old Rajy Mathews, who was working in Houston.

Deputies say Rajy Mathews told them he couldn't come home for several days, but the children were being watched by a pastor. When deputies went to the home Friday, they found the children, ranging in age from 1 to 16, by themselves.

Rajy Mathews is charged with eight counts of child neglect. He remains in jail. Deputies did not know if he had a lawyer.

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