Police: Mom let diaper-clad tots roam Manchester Twp. motel lot
A Yorkana-area woman repeatedly allowed her toddler sons to wander around the parking lot of a Manchester Township motel while she slept, according to charging documents.
Alicia Dawn Weatherby, 23, of 15 Pleasant View Drive in Lower Windsor Township, remains free on $2,500 unsecured bail, charged with two counts of child endangerment.
Employees of the Motel 6 at 323 Arsenal Road called 911 about 7:15 a.m. Sunday to report that Weatherby's two older children, ages 2 and 3, had been playing in the parking lot for about 40 minutes, wearing no shoes and nothing but diapers, according to charging documents.
The boys also had been playing near the adjacent San Carlos Street and wandered inside the Motel 6 office — all without parental supervision, police said.
Motel employees said Weatherby had been staying at Motel 6 since Aug. 1 and that "this has been a reoccurring issue in that the boys have been outside in the parking lot without any parental supervision three times prior," documents allege.
One motel worker had even advised Weatherby "to block the door somehow so the children cannot escape the room without her supervision," according to documents.
Motel employees told police they called Weatherby's room "multiple times" to tell her about her wandering boys, but she never answered, documents state.
'Sleeping': Police went to Weatherby's room and asked her why her two older children were outside without supervision.
"I was sleeping," she allegedly told them, according to documents.
Her 1-year-old child was still in the room with her, police said.
Documents state the room was in a "deplorable" condition that was "unfit for children."
"I detected a foul odor about the room and observed food and snack crumbs scattered throughout the room with small garbage cans filled to the top," Officer Patrick McBreen wrote in charging documents.
Dirty diapers: He continued: "I observed ants crawling around the room as well. The two (toddlers') feet were dirty ... and both had not had a diaper change yet that morning."
McBreen determined the motel-room phone was not connected to the receptacle, "explaining why Weatherby could not be contacted," documents state.
The father of the 2- and 3-year-old boys came to the motel and picked up his sons, and Weatherby's mother picked up the 1-year-old, documents state.
Police said the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families was notified, as was ChildLine, the state's child-abuse reporting hotline.
Weatherby could not be reached for comment. It's unclear whether she has retained an attorney.
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