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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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Hawa Coulibaly January 16, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Time to take away their parental privileges. Give the kids to parents who actually want them.
Nancy Gillikin January 17, 2014 at 05:42 AM
I am the accused mother in this case and 1st of all the charges back in August 2010 was all bc of a messy house and charges were supposed to be dropped according to the social worker we complied with for a year. So she failed in that case and when i tried to contact her afterwards she never returned my calls. Now as far as these charges I woke up at 7:30 Tuesday morning to get my 7 yr old on the bus at 8:10 checked on the other 3 at around 9 am and they were all still sleeping. i love how all these articles fail to mention that i did have a baby monitor in their room and had the receiving one in my room and it was quiet. these articles also make it seem like i wad 3 floors down from my kids my room is right next door. im sorry im a mother of 4 and fell back asleep while my baby monitor was on and there was not a peep coming from them. my 10 month old daughter was safely in her bed. i have a walk through baby gate upstairs to prevent my kids from going downstairs bc my husband is making minor home improvements and didn't want them going down there. the way my front door is if the dead bolt isn't locked then the door will push right open and my brother in law forgot to lock it when he got home from work that morning so if neighbors really were pounding on my door it would have opened right up. my 2 & 3 yr old don't know how to open their screen which was closed the night before bc i checked their window everynight to make sure it was locked and it was. also i held my 3 yr old right after the cops "rescued" him from the roof and even though it was raining that morning his pajamas from the night before that i put on him, both of theire pajamas were dry!! how's that possible? if they were really on the roof why weren't their clothes soaking wet. also if the cops were so concerned about not being able to get anyone to answer the door why didn't they just get the fire dept here with their ladders to get them? and the cops story keeps changing. my husband talked to 2 of the witnesses and they both said they were out there the whole time and the kids were NOT on the roof, but sitting on their bed playing with their cars in the window sill. the cops used the excuse of them being on the roof as a way to enter our home with no warrant. cops are liars and manipulators and for them to allow this story to be made public is beyond outrageous bc what going to happen to my son at school when his friends see his parents on the news. get both sides before you make judgements. also since it was raining that day the roof actually more like an awning bc it wasn't the roof on top of the house would have been so slippery my kids would have never been able to keep their balance and not fall of, especially when they have a bunch of strangers yelling at them. there weren't multiple witnesses i looked out there and only saw cops. i am human and do make mistakes and has never denied that but my kids know right and wrong and know its wrong to go out their window and have never done it previously. the only proof there is is from the police who are known to lie. if they were really on the roof why wouldn't the take pics of them on there while the other one was coaxing them back in that way they had had evidence. not their word against mine. our lawyers are going to fight and so are we talk the very end and once its determined the kids were never on the roof everything after that will have to be dropped bc it'll be unlawful entry. spotsylvania cops want to look like heros when they aren't. the cop who said he climbed through their window to get em back in was too fat to fit through the window. i love my children and for my husband and i to still be together after all the ridicule we've gone through their past 4 yrs is amazing. we don't get assistance from the state we don't use the state my husband works and takes care of his family. so all you people coming to your quick judgements before finding out the whole truth is ridiculous.
Nancy Gillikin January 17, 2014 at 05:48 AM
oh yea i forgother to mention my children are NOT in cops custody, never have been. they are with my sister in law and her husband. Cps never touched my kids.
Nancy Gillikin January 17, 2014 at 05:48 AM
**CPS not cops custody
Nancy Gillikin January 17, 2014 at 05:53 AM
and my sister in law picked my oldest son up from school, not cps. and we're charged with 4 felonies bc its per child even though one was in school and the other was SAFELY in her bed.
antob January 17, 2014 at 07:05 AM
Please stop having children. It is incredibly hard having one-4 is simply too many children to keep watch for one person if your husband works all the time. I would be concerned that you will lose custody.
Sadie January 17, 2014 at 07:39 AM
I'll pay for your birth control, a maid and parenting classes. Stop making excuses. Good parents don't have three children in distress, twice. Get some help but please, for everyone's sake, stop getting pregnant.
Linda Woolfrey January 17, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Why are you not giving the police any credit? They saved your children any way you look at it. I agree you should not have any more children. No one wants to judge you but apparently something went on. Hopefully you will learn from this mistake and grow. I just hope your children will be alright.
daniel.berhane January 17, 2014 at 08:37 AM
Ms. Gillikin, as an attorney and gurdian ad litem for children i have seen many instances where parents were charged with child endangerment. Just because you are charged does not mean you are guilty. But I believe you should restrain yourself from fighting for your name in this forum. You will have a chance to tell your story in a court. Anything you say in here can be used against you.
Roz January 19, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Nancy, you should be STERILIZED!
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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