Man faces neglect charges after children left alone in hotel

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico County man faces four counts of abandoning a child following an incident that police say took place Saturday night.

Arrested was James S. Maduzia, 27, of the 1500 block of East Ridge Road. Saturday at approximately 11:30 p.m., Henrico police responded to a 911 call which led them to a hotel at the same location.

Police say four children, ages 2, 5, 6, and 10 were found in a room in unsanitary conditions. When asked where their parents were, one of the children said their mother was on vacation and the father was believed to be downstairs, according to police.

Upon further investigation, police say the father was not downstairs. Child Protective Services later began to take custody of the children at which point police say Maduzia returned.

Police say Maduzia claimed to be visiting a friend, and that the visit lasted a longer-than-expected three hours. He was later arrested.  Police say Maduzia's relationship to the children (father, stepfather, guardian) was not immediately clear.

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