A Maryland couple faces child neglect charges after two children, sitting on a curb late at night, told police they had been kicked from the couple’s home because they could not find the television remote.
Wicomico County Sheriff's Office deputies discovered the 12-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy sitting outside a Salisbury convenience store after 11 p.m. on Nov. 24. The children told police they had likely been sitting there for several hours, according to WTTG.
Charging documents obtained by The Daily Times of Salisbury indicate the children told police they were homeless and their mother had left them in the care of 44-year-old Leslie Ann Pruitt Parks. But Parks’ husband, Leonard Joseph Parks, 62, turned the children out onto the street after he came home late that evening, the documents state.
“Leslie's husband, Leonard Joseph Parks, came home from work and told the kids to find the television remote within 15 minutes or they were getting kicked out of the residence,” the charging documents read.
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Leonard Parks physically pushed the children out of the home, police said.
Deputies estimated the children hadn’t eaten since lunch. They saw to it that the kids were fed and then contacted Social Services.
Their mother, who could not be contacted because she didn’t have a cellphone, was said to be out looking for a place for her family to stay for the night.
Officers later charged Leonard Parks with two counts of neglect of a minor and two counts of contributing to the condition of a child. They also charged Leslie Parks with two counts of conspiring to neglect a minor and two counts of conspiring to contribute to the condition of a child.
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The couple’s public defender, Chasity Simpson, declined to comment on the pending case.
Both Leonard and Leslie Parks were released from the Wicomico County Detention Center on $30,000 bond after a Monday bail hearing.
They are scheduled to stand trial Jan. 29.
It was not reported if the children were returned to their mother.