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Two Toddlers Rescued from Roof, Parents Arrested for Felony Child Neglect

This is the second child neglect arrest for these parents, sheriff's deputies said.

Nancy Gillikin. Photo courtesy of Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office.
Nancy Gillikin. Photo courtesy of Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office.
Residents on Wakeman Drive in Spotsylvania County, Va., were pounding on a neighbors' door at about 10:30 a.m. Jan. 14, trying in vain to alert the parents that their two toddlers -- age 2 and 3 -- were on the roof of the two-story townhome.

The police were called.

"Upon their arrival, deputies N. Ridings and L. Spillman made entry into the home, bypassing several concerned citizens who had gathered and were trying to coax the children back into the home," said Capt. Jeff Pearce with the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office. 

Senior Deputy Ridings retrieved the children through an open window while Deputy Spillman contacted the parents, who were sleeping in another room, Pearce said. 

Child Victim Unit Detective Twyla DeMoranville and Spotsylvania Social Services Investigators responded to the residence as a team.   They found the home in disarray and not suitable as a residence for children. 

Law enforcement also found a nine-month-old child unattended in a playpen. 

The parents, Michael Gillikin, 26, and Nancy Gillikin, 27, were arrested on four counts of felony child neglect and were incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail with no bond.  The children were removed from the home and placed in custody of child services.

The couple's fourth child was in school at the time of the parents' arrest, and was also placed in the custody of child services.

The Gillikins were arrested in 2010 for felony child neglect, Pearce said. Those charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.  The Gillikins had two children at the time and Mrs. Gillikin was pregnant with their third child. 

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Sadie January 20, 2014 at 10:03 AM
I'm curious why a self described lawyer would come onto this page to help an accused mother of child neglect without knowing all the details? Why aren't you on here helping her kids? Why are you more concerned with making sure she can protect herself but said nothing about the toddlers who were in danger - TWICE? If you are trolling for clients, you should be disbarred for offering unsolicited "advice" to help a potential criminal free themselves.
Kathleen January 20, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Maybe we should all forgo comments since we don't know all of the facts. Remember innocent until proven guilty? I don't think some of these comments would be very nice if they were read to the family's 7 year old child or he were to find out about them.
Spartan300 January 20, 2014 at 01:28 PM
I don't want to hear "Oh we arrested them twice already when something happens to those already abused kids". The system has the means to deal with unfit parents like them - do it or face jail time yourself. One or both of them should get sterilized as well. This entire story is disgusting.... Kathleen GREAT COMMENT sounds like YOU have something in the closet yourself. They both deserve jail and to have the kids taken away period. READ THE STORY AND THEIR HISTORY AGAIN - It's not a questions of their already being an issue it's their abusive history, and it goes on. Two toddlers ON the second story ROOF, a disgusting filthy home, 9 month old unattended. Go look in the mirror yourself. I guess we are fortunate that you don't work for child services.
Spartan300 January 20, 2014 at 01:45 PM
CPS and the Police did the right thing, the only thing they could or should have done in this case. Had they actually fallen off the roof you would be jail right now and rightfully so. YOU AND HIM are just lucky they did not tumble over the side. Think of that and not yourself - because believe it or not, when you have kids it's NOT about you anymore it's about them and their well being. Clean yourself up and go learn how to be a parent - it's about sacrifice and love. You slept through the police bursting into your house, going up stairs and waking you BOTH. Not to mention a group of YELLING horrified neighbors watching YOUR TWO TODDLERS wander around on the 2nd story of your house. How do you sleep through that - I have a good idea. And you sit here defending yourself only because they managed to stay alive with the help of neighbors (it's ok to say thanks). An uninterrupted second story fall would most likely have killed both of them - you do understand that at least yes-
Santi Lara January 20, 2014 at 08:02 PM
Hey Spartan, get off your high horses. who are you to judge and execute someone just because the police said it?. I hope you never have a kid or family member who makes a mistake. Probably not though, bc you seem to be so perfect. By the way since when any forum is restricted because of someone's profession?. I am sympathetic to what happens to any child, I have my own. But any one person who is so closed minded and believes anything the cops say should refrain to make so judgmental until all the facts and evidence surface. On the other hand perfect people maybe were never confronted by cops for any reason and believe blindly that they are really there to serve and protect. Give me a freaking break!

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