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Children rescued from rooftop; parents charged
By PORTSIA SMITH
Two Spotsylvania County parents face felony child neglect charges after two of their young children were rescued from the rooftop of their townhouse Tuesday morning while the parents were sleeping, police said.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., deputies responded to a residence on Wakeman Drive, off of Southpoint Parkway, for reports of two small children on top of a roof, said Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office.
Upon arrival, deputies saw several concerned residents who were trying to get the children to go back in the home, he said.
Deputy Nicholas Ridings was able to retrieve the children, ages 2 and 3, through an open window, while Deputy L. Spillman contacted the parents, who Pearce said were sleeping in another room.
There was also a 9-month-old child unattended in a playpen, Pearce said.
Detective Twyla DeMoranville and Spotsylvania Social Services investigators responded to the residence and found the home to be “in disarray and not suitable for children to reside in,” Pearce said.
Witnesses told police that they had been pounding on the door of the home to get the parents’ attention, but no one answered.
Michael Gillikin, 26, and Nancy Gillikin, 27, were both arrested on four counts of felony child neglect and were transported to the Rappahannock Regional Jail with no bond.
All the children were removed from the home and placed in child protective custody, Pearce said.