CENTREVILLE, Md. (WJZ)— A father has been charged with child neglect after leaving his infant and 5-year-old in a running car while he went grocery shopping.
On Feb. 4, a Maryland State Trooper responded to the parking lot of Thompson Creek Mall, where he found a running and locked car with two young children inside– one of which was in a car seat.
A witness says she was standing with the car for 10 minutes prior to the trooper’s arrival.
A few minutes later, Daniel Nathan Lilly came out of the Food Lion and approached the vehicle with a cart full of groceries. Lilly advised that the children’s ages were 5 and less than 1 year old.
Investigation revealed that Lilly was shopping in the Food Lion with both children being left unattended for approximately 27 minutes.
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.
Lilly has been charged with two counts of both neglect of a minor and confined unattended child.