Police: Dover-area parents left baby in hot car

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A 5-month-old baby escaped harm after being left inside a hot car in Dover Township, according to police, who arrested his parents.

Donald Edward Blackburn Jr., 30, and Kelsie Louise Flowers, 22, both of the 3600 block of South Partridge Drive, remain free on $7,500 unsecured bail each.

Both are charged with endangering the welfare of a child and leaving a child unattended in a vehicle.

Donald Blackburn Jr.

According to Northern York County Regional Police, a passer-by spotted the couple's baby inside a Toyota Camry parked in the lot of Weis Markets, 2850 Carlisle Road in Dover Township, the evening of Sunday, July 15.

A man told police he was walking by the car shortly after 7:30 p.m. when he "saw little arms flailing inside" and realized a baby was in a child seat in the rear of the car, the couple's charging documents state.

The man looked around but couldn't find an adult, at which point he called police.

After waiting five minutes, the man realized that although the windows were up, the car had been left unlocked, so he opened a car door to let in cooler air, documents state.

It was 82 degrees at the time, police said.

Shortly after the good Samaritan opened the car door, Blackburn ran out of the supermarket, according to police.

'Totally forgot': Arriving officers spoke with Blackburn and Flowers.

"Both ... advised that they went inside the store and had totally forgot that they brought their child," charging documents state.

Kelsie (Flowers) Blackburn

The couple said when they realized the baby was in the car, Blackburn ran outside immediately, according to documents.

"Flowers advised that they were not in the store for more than a 'few minutes' and that the child was fine," documents state.

Police said the child escaped harm.

Six minutes: Video surveillance footage from Weis shows Blackburn walking into the store at 7:34 p.m., then running out at 7:39 p.m., according to police.

The baby's grandmother picked him up at the scene, and both Blackburn and Flowers were arrested and taking to the county's central booking unit to be arraigned on charges, police said.

Northern Regional Police said they also notified the York County Office of Children, Youth and Families.

Blackburn and Flowers could not be reached for comment Monday, July 16. It is unclear whether they have retained attorneys.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.