STEVENSVILLE, Md.- A Stevensville man is facing child neglect and related charges following accusations that he left two small children alone in a running car for nearly half an hour while he went grocery shopping.
Maryland State Police said Monday that the incident occurred earlier this month when a state trooper was dispatched to the Food Lion in the Thompson Creek Mall in Stevensville to investigate a report of young children having been left alone inside a running car.
Police said the trooper located the car, which was running and locked with two young children inside. A witness approached the trooper and told him that she had been standing with the car for 10 minutes prior to his arrival. One of the children was in a car seat, investigators said.
Authorities said that a few minutes later a man came out of the Food Lion and walked up the vehicle with a cart full of groceries. The man was later identified as 30-year-old Daniel Nathan Lilly, the father to both children. According to police, Lilly stated that one of the children was 5-years-old and the other was an infant.
Police said an investigation revealed that Lilly was shopping in the Food Lion with both children being left unattended for approximately 27 minutes. According to police, other witnesses stated that the 5-year-old was in the front seat playing with the steering wheel while the vehicle was running and unattended.
As a result of the investigation, Lilly was charged last week on a criminal summons with two counts of neglect of a minor and one count of confine unattended child.