Henrico couple faces child neglect charges

By Andy Jenks - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Henrico police say a trip to the ATM, landed a man and his fiancé in jail, and it all began because a seven-year-old girl went to school.

It was eight in the morning. A little 7-year-old girl was dropped off by a neighbor at Trevvett Elementary School. She was late and had to explain why. According to police, the girl said she had to make sure her house was locked, because her siblings, ages two and four, were home alone.

"Saw a few police cars...and didn't really know what was going on," said neighbor Adam Bevan.

Adam was there when the police arrived at the townhouse on Candace Court. The two children were inside sleeping. Then, 27 year old Leroy Wilson showed up. He was later arrested, as was his fiancé, 27-year-old Erika Hunter - the mother of the children.

Wilson said he went to an ATM leaving the children home alone, because they were in bed. Police could not say where Hunter was at the time.

Both Wilson and Hunter were already released from custody, but neither was home early this afternoon. As is usually the case, Child Protective Services was notified, but it's not immediately clear who currently has custody of the children.

Wilson and Hunter now face two counts apiece of felony child neglect. Police say it's a reminder never to leave children home alone. Adam never would - not even for a moment.

"My daughters are 11 and 9. And just, because you never know. I mean...you just never know," Adam said.

Neither Wilson nor Hunter were reachable late this evening. Police say there are two options for the children: they are either in the custody of Child Protective Services, or, they've been turned over to a relative.

(c) 2010. WWBT, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.