Children allegedly left home alone

A man recently left his two small children home alone in an “extremely dirty” residence to fend for themselves, according to state police.

The pair, both 5 years old, were discovered after they called 911 to report that their home was filling with smoke.

The children were hungry, and had tried to cook food for themselves in the microwave, records state.

Christopher Ernest Parkhurst, 29, of 241 Back St. Lot 37 in Montoursville has been charged with two misdemeanour counts of endangering the welfare of children.

On June 8, Alva Whitenite ran to help the Parkhurst children, after she saw one of them yelling the word “smoke” to her from their yard. She was disturbed to find that the children had been left alone in a home that was “extremely dirty,” according to court records.

Lisa Jones, another neighbor, also went to check on the children, and told police what a terrible condition their home was in.

The children allegedly told Jones that their father, Parkhurst, had gone to work. They explained that he had left “early in the morning” and that they didn’t know when he would return. The children complained that they were hungry and had not eaten all day, according to court records.

Officers also noted that the residence was dirty and unkempt. In the affidavit, they described finding dog feces on the floor that someone had walked through and tracked into the kitchen, according to court records.

Smoke still lingered around the microwave, which contained burned food that the children had tried to cook themselves, records state.

Parkhurst later allegedly told police that he had left for work at about 6:30 that morning and admitted he left the children without any supervision.

He allegedly told police he gave the children cereal for breakfast, “but didn’t leave any other food for them,” according to the affidavit.

Parkhurst waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman Monday and is free on $2,500 bail.