SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Two Spotsylvania County parents were arrested after two of their young children were found on the roof of their townhome while they were sleeping Tuesday morning.
Around 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 14, Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a townhouse on Wakeman Drive after it was reported that a 2-year-old and 3-year-old were on its rooftop. When Deputies Ridings and Spillman arrived on scene, they encountered concerned neighbors who had gathered around the home and were trying to coax the children back inside. Senior Deputy Ridings retrieved the children through an open window, and Deputy Spillman notified the parents, who were asleep in another room.
Witnesses said that before police arrived, they had pounded on the front door of the house repeatedly in an attempt to get the parents' attention.
According to Detective Twyla DeMoranville of the Child Victim Unit and Spotsylvania Social Services Investigators, the home was in disarray and unsuitable for children to reside in.
An unattended 9-month-old baby was also found in a playpen.
The parents, 27-year-old Nancy Gillikin and 26-year-old Michael Gillikin, were arrested on four counts of Felony Child Neglect and are incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail with no bond.
All three children were removed from the home and have been placed in the custody of Child Services.
The Gillikins were also arrested for Felony Child Neglect in 2010, while Nancy Gillikin was still pregnant with their third child. The charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.
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