Michael Gillikin, Nancy Gillikin charged with child neglect
(WJLA) - A Spotsylvania County couple faces several charges after their young toddlers were found on the roof of their home.
Police responded Tuesday at around 10:30 a.m. to a home on Wakeman Drive in Fredericksburg for a report of two children on the rooftop of a townhouse. A concerned citizen had dialed 911.
As the children were retrieved through an open window, the parents, Michael Gillikin, 26, and Nancy Gillikin, 27, were found sleeping in another room.
"When the deputies arrived, the first thing they observed was the two toddlers that were, in fact, outside on the roof -- it was raining and cold," said Captain Jeff Pearce, Spotsylvania County Sheriff's spokesman.
Captain Pearce added that the deputies rushed inside, rescued the kids ages two and three, and then found a nine-month-old sleeping in a playpen.
"It's a misunderstanding," said Nancy Gillikin. "I'm a Mom, so I fall asleep so I can still hear what's going on...Never heard a peep out of their room, next thing I know I wake up to the cops running in my room."
The family does not actually believe the kids were on the roof.
"The screen was in the window," said the children's uncle, Sean Gillikin. "You have to push the buttons together...[a] two and three-year-old, they're not going to be able to do that. Look at that roof and tell me if a two-year-old can stand on that roof without falling."
Nancy Gillikin and her husband Michael both now face four counts of felony child neglect, and their children have temporarily been taken away and placed in custody of Child Services.
"I'm going to fight and tell those cops they have to show me proof my children were on that roof," said Nancy. "They're hurting my children more than they are hurting me because I have dedicated my life to my kids. I don't care what happens to me, but when they involve my kids, that's just not right."
According to officials, the home was found to be in disarray and not suitable for children to live in.
The Gillikins are being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond. According to officials, the Gillikins were arrested back in 2010 for Felony Child Neglect; however, the charges were reduced to misdemeanors.