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Parents charged after little girl found wandering away from home alone

Posted 4/19/17

Middletown police have charged the parents of a 3-year-old girl after the child was found wandering in a parking lot by herself with no shoes on several blocks from home.

Police said a caller …

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Parents charged after little girl found wandering away from home alone

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Middletown police have charged the parents of a 3-year-old girl after the child was found wandering in a parking lot by herself with no shoes on several blocks from home.

Police said a caller reported seeing the girl walking west on Emaus Street toward Wood Street at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, April 9. Police said the girl could not tell them her name, but she led an officer to her residence in the 100 block of Ann Street.

On April 10 the girl’s mother, Shelby Lynn Burkett, 38, was arraigned before District Judge David Judy and charged with felony endangering the welfare of children. She was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing for Burkett is set for April 20 before Judy.

The girl’s father, Jerry Ryan Shope, 32, was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of children. His preliminary hearing is May 11 before Judy.

Burkett and Shope both have criminal histories and are on probation, according to court records filed by Middletown police with Judy.

Police: Man tried to strangle boy

A Middletown man has been charged with allegedly trying to strangle an 11-year-old boy April 8 in the 100 block of Keystone Avenue.

Police said that Roceen Dior Nigel Brown, 29, put both of his hands around the boy’s neck and squeezed and then released, causing the boy to fall to the ground, according to court papers filed with District Judge David Judy. Brown also allegedly assaulted the boy’s grandfather during the incident, police said.

Brown is charged with felony strangulation, and also misdemeanor simple assault.

He is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

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