Mom Of Tethered Teen Treated For Overdose

A woman under court order to keep her teenage daughter tethered was hospitalized for a drug overdose Wednesday. Her husband assumed responsibility for holding his stepdaughter’s leash.

Deborah Harter was rushed to Trident Regional Medical Center on Tuesday night.

The family’s lawyer, Kevin Kearse, said Harter overdosed on a prescription drug for anxiety. He did not identify the medication and said there was no indication the overdose was on purpose.

After Tonya spent two months in a Columbia juvenile detention center after she was charged with burglary, truancy and shoplifting.

Harter said she would do whatever was necessary to keep her daughter home.

The judge released Tanya in December to house arrest - on the condition she remain tethered to her mother or stepfather - even when she attended school - until her next detention hearing, set for later this month.

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