Judge warns Spotsy parents after kids seen on roof
BY PORTSIA SMITH / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
A Spotsylvania County couple pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from a January morning incident in which two of their three young children were seen wandering on the roof of their townhouse.
Michael Thomas Gillikin, 27, and Nancy Veronica Gillikin, 28, pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Spotsylvania Circuit Court Monday.
Judge Joseph J. Ellis gave the parents a three-year prison sentence with all of that time suspended on the condition of good behavior for five years.
Ellis sternly warned the Gillikins that any additional violations would result in the revocation of the time suspended.
The couple also had been charged with three counts each of child cruelty and child neglect, but those were dropped as part of a plea agreement.
Deputies responded around 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 14 to a townhouse on Wakeman Drive after receiving reports of two young boys on the roof of the residence in the Breezewood area.
Neighbor Sylvia Montgomery, who had called 911, told police that she saw the two toddlers walking from side to side on the roof and was concerned because it had been raining, and the roof could be slippery.
She told police she immediately ran outside and attempted to tell the children to go back inside through a window.
When deputies arrived, they found two children, ages 2 and 3, leaning out of an opened window on the upper floor of the townhouse, the plea agreement stated.
Other concerned neighbors had gathered in front of the home to offer help as well.
Deputy Nicholas Ridings was able to retrieve the children from the open window. There was also a 9-month-old child unattended in a playpen, police said.
Deputy L. Spillman woke up the parents, who were sleeping in another room that was locked.
The plea agreement also described conditions in the home, which included discarded cigarette butts and shards of glass on the parents’ bedroom carpet, small screws on the hallway floor and a cockroach in the bathroom.
Deputies also noted that the diapers on all three children were soiled and the girl had a severe diaper rash.
The Gillikins are subject to random visits by the county Department of Social Services during that five-year period and must cooperate with any suggestions social workers have.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419